Song of Moses

“Though the storms of hell pursue,
In darkest night, we worship You!
You divide the raging sea;
From death to life, You safely lead.”

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Doubly Blessed

Something pretty cool happened to me today, and I thought I would share the story. Perhaps it will encourage your heart as it encouraged mine and remind you that God is good, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

I brought my wallet to work today, which isn’t something I normally do, but I needed to buy something. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say it was an important something that I really needed. On my break, I brought my wallet with me to get the thing, of course. I had to use the restroom on my break, so I brought my wallet with me.

I vividly remember setting it down and entertaining the fleeting thought: “You’re going to forget this.” And then, immediately after: “Pshh, of course I won’t. I’m not that dumb.” Pro tip, guys: Realize that when Solomon said, “Pride goes before a fall,” he meant it. As it turns out, I am that dumb, and I didn’t even realize it until someone turned it in–minus the cash I’d brought to buy my stuff.

I can’t even describe the sick feeling that swept over me when I found my wallet empty, but if you’ve ever been stolen from, you understand. It got worse when the supervisor reminded me that the store isn’t responsible for stolen property–there was nothing they would do about it. It was just… gone. I literally cried, and if you know me, you know how bad that is.

My sweet co-worker listened as I tried to come to terms with what had happened; as a college kid, every dollar is precious, and I had just lost forty of them, not to mention that I could no longer afford what I needed to buy. She gave me some time to pull myself together, and then she said, “I’ll be right back.” She was gone for a few minutes, and then she came back and pressed money into my hand, enough to match what I’d lost, with the words, “Merry Christmas. Get what you need.”

I had no words. She barely even knows me, but she was willing to help me, because she said, “You need it more than I do.” I cried again, at the grace that had been shown to me and the provision of God through a near-stranger. And I cried yet again when my manager refused to let anyone else cover my loss, insisting that I repay my co-worker and take the money from him instead.

To the person who stole my money: I don’t know who you are, and I never will. But my God does, and He will repay you. I’m not too worried about it.

To my sweet co-workers who took my loss and made it their own: thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. May heaven richly bless you, as you have blessed me.

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Trust in You

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O Come to the Altar

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Just As I Am

This is one of my new favorite hymns. Now, I know what you’re thinking. New favorites? That song’s almost 200 years old! I know, I know. But it was only recently that I really listened to the words, and it was only recently that I really fell in love with it. Why? Because it reminds me of my brokenness, but it also reminds me of His grace. I can come to Him just as I amI don’t need to try to fix myself before I run to Jesus. He accepts me as I am, and He changes me to look more like Him. What a beautiful truth. What a beautiful song.

I come broken to be mended;
I come wounded to be healed;
I come desperate to be rescued;
I come empty to be filled!
I come guilty to be pardoned
By the blood of Christ the Lamb,
And I’m welcomed with open arms
Praise Godjust as I am!

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Even Unto Death

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II Corinthians 12:9-10

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I was reminded of this passage once again at church on Sunday. I had a crazy week plannedit’s the tail end of midterms; I had a speech, two papers, and two tests; and I can’t remember the last time I got enough sleep. I was sure there was no way I’d make it through this week. But I was struck by these words from Paul. He was struggling a lot with his “thorn in the flesh,” whatever that might have been. He asked its removal of Christ three times. And what was His answer? It wasn’t, “Oh, My bad! Let Me fix that immediately!” It was, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

He never promised us that this life wasn’t going to be hard. He never said the road would be smooth and the path straight. In fact, He promised the opposite: “In this world, you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). But He promised us that He would walk with us, and that His grace is enough.

No matter what you’re going through, the hardships you’re struggling with or the many responsibilities you’re juggling, His grace is sufficient for you. This wasn’t just a promise He made to Paul two thousand years ago. It’s a promise for you, too. It’s a promise for me.

This week, sufficient grace for me looks like an unexpected day off classes and an extension on both papers, one test, and my speech. What does it look like for you?

“Had any other condition been better for you that the one which you are in, divine love would have placed you there.” -Charles Spurgeon

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