Hello everyone! Here I am again for my weekly update on my life. Life has been very full as I have just taken the third service in three weeks today, and I am now not planned until the next plan from October to December. It will seem strange not to be preparing more services at the moment. I hope I will have the services more spread out in the next plan. It is a relief to have a few weeks off planning a service, even though I do love to preach and share my faith with others. Today the focus of the service was on forgiveness and the mercy of God. If people can forgive and accept those who have treated them badly, as Joseph accepted his brothers and welcomed them to come and live near him with all their families and livestock, then how much more does God forgive us and accept us back into the fold no matter how many times we fail him!
These verses from one of the hymns I chose show us just how great God’s mercy and love are towards us, His frail and fallible people.
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice
Which is more than liberty.
There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for new creations
In that upper home of bliss.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measures of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
But we make his love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify his strictness
With a zeal he will not own.
If our love were but more simple
We should take him at his word;
And our lives would be illumined
By the presence of the Lord.
Frederick William Faber (1814-63)
Let us remember that God’s grace is so wide that it enfolds everyone. Let us have the same forgiving love and mercy for others that our Father in heaven has for us. Let us also open our arms wide to welcome all especially the outsiders into the forgiving loving arms of the Father, as his grace is sufficient for all our needs. This is the day that the Lord has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.