A lightning flash, my pounding heart
A breaching whale, a shooting star
Give testimony that you are
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs
Oh, praise Him, all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Wow! God is so amazing. If you are one of my followers on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, you will have seen many, many sunrise and sunset pictures. One of the reasons is that I am up when the sunrises these days. And our sunrises have been absolutely stunning. As I sat down at the computer to write this, I pulled up a playlist called “MSG.” It was a collection of softer worship songs that I compiled for our district Minister and Spouses Gathering several years ago. I keep it on the computer when I need an easy listening worship set – like tonight – today was one of those days – and I mean that in a very good way. God’s grace just overflowed like I haven’t felt it in a long time. Even now I am just basking in his grace and presence. The Chris Rice song that I quoted was the first song on that playlist followed by Casting Crown’s “And Now My Lifesong Sings to You.” And now “The Doxology.”
This has been an amazing weekend. It started on Thursday during our small group as we studied the concept that God is our loving heavenly Father. Yesterday, I woke up and waited so Anna could go to work and I could go out for a long run – which was amazing in and of itself. James, Pam and I were able to spend most of the rest of the day together as we got ready for tonight’s Trunk-or-Treat.
This morning we got up and prepared our hearts for worship at Parkway – and we had a good service. We started the day with a great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” Promise Keepers style in honor of Reformation Day, which also happens to be October 31. You may wonder why a Wesleyan would honor Luther, but it just so happens that John Wesley was reading Martin Luther’s Preface to the Book of Romans the night he found his heart “strangely warmed” and the Methodist movement begun. Martin Luther declared that salvation was by faith alone through grace and our worship set reflected that sentiment as we sang “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” and introduced “Your Grace Finds Me.” Pastor Barry preached a great message to complete our worship package.
This afternoon was spent getting prepared for our Trunk-or-Treat. We had a great time as over 60 children and their parents came to our church for treats and snacks. It was great – I wore the Chick-fil-A cow costume and we handed out coupons for free Ice Dream Cones at our local Chick-fil-A. Thank you to all who helped with the evening. Many hands indeed made light work. Now it’s time to call it a night. This week looks to return to a little more sense of normalcy. Have a great week and keep pressing on!