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“Offer now your gift of praise”

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Ephraim 7 7. 7 7

Offer now your gift of praise
On this glorious day of days,
Thank God for his boundless love:
Raise your voice to heaven above.

To your Lord a tribute bring:
Praise his Name, give thanks and sing.
On his blessings ever dwell –
Know that Jesus loves you well.

Bow before his throne of grace;
Gaze in wonder on his face;
Let his love your song inspire:
Praise Christ with the heavenly choir.

Shelter now beneath his wing;
Joyful hallelujahs sing.
Having died to bring you peace
Will not Christ your joys increase?

Thank him for his Word of peace.
Glorify his righteousness.
All your vows of love renew,
Knowing that he first loved you.

©JRW

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 30 October 2009 at 09:42

Reasons to be thankful

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was burgled a few days ago and my shed substantially cleared out.  Here are the things for which I can be truly thankful under such circumstances, in no particular order:

  • That no members of my family were endangered or threatened.
  • That it was my property and not my person that was attacked.
  • That I have been given property that someone else thinks worth stealing.
  • That my home itself was kept secure.
  • That what was stolen represents such a small proportion of the wealth that God has bestowed upon me.
  • That I can lose all that was stolen and still be more than comfortable.
  • That nothing was stolen that was essential to my present mode of living and general well-being.
  • That I have been given by God much more than some people will ever have.
  • That what was stolen – actually or in terms of its value – was more than some people will ever have.
  • That I live in a society that will still respond with a degree of righteousness to the theft of property.
  • That I have current insurance, and that I am unlikely to be significantly out of pocket.
  • thiefThat it was me from whom these things were stolen and not my neighbours (several of them being widows).
  • That it is an opportunity to demonstrate to my neighbours that my life is not entirely bound up with the things of this world.
  • That I was able, with my father’s help, to restore a degree of security within a day of the event.
  • That I have been reminded of, and have had enforced in my experience, God’s lessons in the last year that the stuff of this world is not to govern my thinking and feeling.
  • That nothing of my wife’s was taken, nor the things that belong to my sons, and contribute so much to their joy when playing outside.
  • That God has kept me from being a thief myself.
  • That God entrusted those things to me for so long, and enabled me to use them safely and profitably while I had them.
  • That I can, with a good conscience, pray for justice to be done both on earth and in heaven, desiring both a righteous restitution from the thieves and the righteous repentance of the thieves.
  • That my treasure is in heaven, where moth and rust do not corrupt, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Am I missing anything obvious?

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 8 December 2008 at 12:51

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