Now more than ever before, we need to focus on LIFE. As a FOX NEWS follower, I pray constantly to refuse letting the news depress or stress me! Much of the news is so horrible, that it simply must be a matter of prayer.
Much of the news is all about death: death by ISIS; the death of our American culture due to Godless immoral laws and deluded government leaders; and the spiritual death of a self-serving, self-centered, humanistic and materialistic worldview which has pervaded every area of American life from schools and universities to churches which once glorified God but no longer honor Him or His Word.
Without the Lord Jesus Christ—who took our sin to the Cross, suffered a cruel death for us, rose to conquer death, and LIVES to share His eternal LIFE with any and all who will trust in Him—I would certainly be depressed and stressed!
But I know that God is in control. He is fulfilling His plan from eternity past: “Thy will be done on earth as well as in Heaven.” In the midst of this crazy world, His LIFE prevails and He will return to reign and bring justice to earth.
In our home, Joe and I have two identical hymnbooks. Often, especially on Sundays, I play the beloved old Gospel hymns on the piano and Joe sings along with his hymnal. What a joy this is!
We always include the hymn “Wonderful Words of Life”, by P. P. Bliss. Along with its upbeat, catchy melody this song takes me back many years to when I sang in a junior choir as a child. I recall continually bugging the director by begging her for us to sing “Wonderful Words of Life.” The director tried to explain that we couldn’t sing the same song every Sunday and there were other good hymns to share.
But I still remember the joy I experienced when my wish was granted and our little choir belted out: “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life. Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life . . . .”
Yes, it is all about LIFE!
Margaret L. Been — July 31st, 2016