Thursday, May 01, 2008

And are we yet Alive?

This is a hymn that was penned by Charles Wesley, and after yesterday it just seemed appropriate.

And are we yet alive,
and see each other's face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give
for his almighty grace!

Yes we are, our words and sometimes our actions might wound us or bruise us, but yet we are still under the grace of God.

Preserved by power divine
to full salvation here,
again in Jesus' praise we join,
and in his sight appear.

It isn't because we are special that the UMC still moves forward. It is not because we have mastered the art of compassion. It is not because we got this hope thing all wrapped up. It is simply because of the power and grace of God.

What troubles have we seen,
what mighty conflicts past,
fightings without, and fears within,
since we assembled last!

Yes we are still fighting and debating about some things and perhaps we might for long days ahead. But we are on a journey of hope together

Yet out of all the Lord
hath brought us by his love;
and still he doth his help afford,
and hides our life above.

God continues to deliver us from ourselves and despite ourselves our witness continues to the world.

Then let us make our boast
of his redeeming power,
which saves us to the uttermost,
till we can sin no more.

So yes we have some things to crow about, but it sure isn't anything we have done, it is about the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives.

Let us take up the cross
till we the crown obtain,
and gladly reckon all things loss
so we may Jesus gain.

So my friends it is not about us, instead it is simply about Jesus. We are called to go into the world understanding we are broken people and far from perfect. We go with the grace of God and boldly go proclaiming the Gospel into the world!

God be with us.

1 comment:

Eric Helms said...

A great post for perspective following several deeply emotional responses to yesterday's drama. Thank you--it isn't about us.