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Sunday pondering — “Abide with Me”

by Shawni

It is late on a Sunday and I’m trying to clear off my desk, filled up with little papers and notes. And I came across some words I scribbled down at church the last two Sundays. Words that hit me that I found scraps of paper to write them down, somehow hoping that in writing on paper I would also write on my heart.

I was going to throw them away, those little papers.

But the words were too precious to me.

So I decided to write them here to “keep” them.

And maybe there’s someone out there who they might speak to like they did to me.

So here you go: some things that hit me that people said at church:

With Christ we can transform our thoughts.

With Christ we can “Count it all Joy.” (I’m sure I added the “Count it all Joy” part since that’s so on my mind ever since my brother announced it as the theme to the reunion this year.)

Even when it seems like no one is in our corner, Christ is.

My cousin’s son gave his mission homecoming talk and he shared some lyrics from: Hymn 166, “Abide with me:”

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me

So grateful for the One who “changest not” who I can ask to “abide with me” in my darkest hours.

He also shared Psalms 147:3: “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Which reminded me of my favorite Psalm this week while studying Come Follow Me:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
(Psalms 27: 1)

Oh those words are just so beautiful to me. If we truly anchor ourselves in Christ, how can we fear?

The trick is figuring out how to do that. That anchor doesn’t just happen. It takes work to lug it and shape it and make it hold.

But I’m here for the work.

And so grateful for the Light that leads the way.

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