Happy Wednesday to all.
Wife had a relatively good night, for her. So I got a bit of rest as well.
Two nominees for "Song of the day".
Yesterday, had one pop into my head, for some unknown reason. Truly.
"Go to Dark Gethsemane" it was and still is. Listen to the words. This is for me profoundly moving. Haven't sung it in quite a while, years in fact. Fits well in one of those pre-Easter services, particularly in Holy Week, but it need not and should not be limited to that. All of us, or me at least, need to periodically revisit that time with the Lord in the Garden. Yes, it's appropriate to the New Testament passages for the week we are in, but it perhaps needs to be though of more often. That darkness, that time when all seems lost, is something many of us have gone through. When all is dark and there seems to be no hope, no chance, no escape, no future. Our salvation is freely given to us, but it came at a dark time. And no matter how dark the hour we are in, there is still hope as long as there is breath. He providcd that and He still does. We dare not treat it lightly.
another arrangement here
The other came into my head Sunday morning and is still there. In our morning study at the church, a fair number of passages were examined. Like the attention deficient person I am, one brought to mind the passage in Isaiah, chapter 6. "I See the Lord". I have been blessed to be part of fairly large choral groups who presented this and it was as if there were angels among us. And perhaps there were. There were tears on many faces and many hands upraised. Mine too. Yes, truly the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. And, by the way, there are two wonderful pieces with the same name. I've been there for both. Miss it. Here is another version. And this one, a better one.
Tying unto that is verse 8 of that same chapter, the response that Isaiah had. "Here am I! Send me!" Are all of us that willing to go forth without reservation? But is that not the correct response to being in the Lord's call?
The Old Testament passage for today's prayerful reading is chapters 23, 24, and 25 of 2nd Chronicles. This is almost painful to read even though it happened a few thousand years ago and far from here. This is the struggle of a nation that has ceased to love and obey the Lord. Beginning at the very top of the pecking order. Nothing good comes of this. Yes, there were good and godly people mixed in the lot, but not enough. Whether it was that they ceased to be the leaven to lead others, or whether they were simply overpowered and outnumbered, is not certain. We don't know their names. Sometimes, as we will see (and, perhaps, are seeing in the local news), the Lord judges nations and cultures as well as individuals. I know that the very term "judgment" seems to give some people hives or something, and it is almost a forgotten subject in many churches, but it's real, and the Lord Himself warns of it.
II Chronicles 24
II Chronicles 25
The New Testament reading today is verses 16-33 of chapter 16 in the Gospel of John. Today and tomorrow will be the final words of Jesus to His disciples before His betrayal.