I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. - Psalm 89:1
As I speak this week in Alton, Belleview, Highland and Collinsville, Illinois, I will remember this verse. Why? First of all because it is God's word and I should. But most of all, because I will be making God's faithfulness to me known as I share my story of how through the years I've learned to reliquish control of my life to God. Let me tell you, it hasn't been easy. It still isn't easy!
God's mercy for us and others does endure forever, in spite of our shortcomings as Christians. In closing, I'd like to share a poem I wrote back in February of this year in response to a CBS bible study homework assignment. I think it sums up my talks for the week and the thankfulness we should all have towards God's mercy, even though sometimes we don't understand His ways.
Why do You love me,
Why do You use me,
When I can't help but go astray?
I want to understand,
Yet I cannot understand,
How You decide the way.
Through the trials I will trust You.
Through the darkness I will follow You,
As You light up my way.
Thank You for Your mercy,
Thank You for Your grace.
Thank You for Your power to change.