This weekend I went to meet some family members that I had not seen in a very long time. My heart is heavy with the lost condition of so very many souls that are striving to find that which will bring them the completeness that they so desperately crave. When I spoke of my Lord, they paused, but then continued on in the habitual path to which they are accustomed.(Puritan Hymn)Lord, I Am ThineLord, I am Thine; but Thou wilt proveMy faith, my pa-tience, and my love:When men of spite a-gainst me join,They are the sword, the hand is Thine.Their hope and por-tion lies be-low;'Tis all the hap-pi-ness they know,'Tis all they seek; they take their shares,And leave the rest a-mong their heirs.What sin-ners val-ue, I re-sign;Lord, 'tis e-nough that Thou art mine;I shall be-hold Thy bliss-ful face,And stand com-plete in right-eous-ness.This life's a dream, an emp-ty show;But the bright world to which I goHath joys sub-stan-tial and sin-cere;When shall I wake, and find me there?O glo-rious hour! O blest a-bode!I shall be near and like my God!And flesh and sin no more con-trolThe sa-cred plea-sures of my soul.My flesh shall slum-ber in the ground,Till the last trum-pet's joy-ful sound;Then burst the chains with sweet sur-prise,And in my Sav-iour's im-age rise.
You were faithful to testify to the truth andbear witness of His love. A seed was sown.Trust God for the fruit of the harvest!
_________________Martin G. Smith
Isaiah 55:8-11 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. May the Lord be praised!
Thank you both for your encouragement - it was as a beam of light breaking through the horizon of darkness. How easily we become blind in our sorrow. Oh, how good and gracious is our Lord!