"To render thanks unto the Lord
it is a comely thing"
We've been blessed by having our dear friends, Alex and Elsie, with us. It's a blessing to see the evidence of God's promise to 'never leave nor forsake' His own people. No matter what depths we are going to have to plough in this life's providence, He will uphold us, and will never give us more than we can bear.
This couple are such a testimony of God's upholding grace. In the midst of their deep sorrow, there is peace, there is an acknowledgement of God's goodness, and, yes, there is even joy in the Lord.
Faith in action.
We have been blessed by the preaching of God's Word. Yesterday, on the Lord's Day, the visiting minister, Rev Maurice Roberts, preached on "It is finished".
Christ's sufferings - finished.
The types and shadows of the Old Testament - finished.
The sacrifices of the Ceremonial Law - finished.
The wrath of God being poured out on the Saviour - finished. God's justice - satisfied.
This communion was especially blessed in this way: two of our children professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time, and so I sat at the Lord's Table with one on each side of me.
There are some situations go beyond words, and this is one of them. We pray for them, that they may be kept. And we especially pray for those of our children still outside of Christ. Please Lord, deal in mercy and save their precious souls.
This evening, on the last evening of our communion weekend, we were blessed and privileged to have our house full of the Lord's people, talking about God's Word and their experiences of God's dealings with them. We were able to have around thirty people singing the psalms and praising God with melody and joy. Blessings indeed.
"O greatly blessed the people are
the joyful sound that know.
In brightness of Thy face, O Lord,
they ever on shall go."
Psalm 89: 15