Refuge

Kyle Wright cross

Image by Kyle Wright

Jesus, refuge of the weary, blest Redeemer whom we love, fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above:  Often have Your eyes, offended, gazed upon the sinner’s fall; yet upon the cross extended, You have borne the pain of all.

Do we pass that cross unheeding, breathing no repentant vow, though we see You wounded, bleeding, see Your thorn encircled brow?  Yet Your sinless death has brought us life eternal, peace and rest; only what Your grace has taught us calms the sinner’s deep distress.

Jesus, may our hearts be burning with more fervent love for You; may our eyes be ever turning to behold Your cross anew till in glory, parted never from the blessed Savior’s side, graven in our hearts forever, dwell the cross, the Crucified.

Hymn text by Girolamo Savonarola, 1452-98

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”  Jeremiah 31:25

 

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May 30 What Is Truth?

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

2 Samuel 15:23-16:23;  John 18:25-19:22; Psalm 119:113-128;  Proverbs 16:10-11

“Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.  But now my kingdom is from another place.”

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king.  In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked.

John 18:36-38

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Lord Jesus,

thank you for opening my eyes to the truth

of who you are.

Through your Holy Word

I have learned that you are 

my King

my Shepherd

my Redeemer

my Savior

the Alpha and Omega

the Beginning and the End

the Lamb that was slain

the sacrifice for my sins.

No other king has done this

for his servants.

You love me with an everlasting love.

Help me, Lord, to be faithful

to your Truth

to YOU who are TRUTH

for as long as I live.

For your name’s sake I pray,

Amen.

November 6 Always On Call

Photos by Laura Jostes

Photos by Laura Jostes

Ezekiel 14:12-16:42;  Hebrews 7:18-28; Psalm 106:1-12;  Proverbs 27:4-6

“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he (Jesus) holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.  Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost, those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”

Hebrews 7:23-25

I know that my Redeemer lives!

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

He lives, he lives, who once was dead;

He lives, my ever-living head!

He lives triumphant from the grave;

He lives eternally to save;

He lives exalted, throned above;

He lives to rule his Church in love.

He lives to grant me rich supply;

He lives to guide me with his eye;

He lives to comfort me when faint;

He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears;

He lives to wipe away my tears;

He lives to comfort me when faint;

He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

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He lives to bless me with his love;

He lives to plead for me above;

He lives my hungry soul to feed;

He lives to help in time of need.

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend;

He lives and loves me to the end;

He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;

He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!

He lives and grants me daily breath;

He lives, and I shall conquer death;

He lives my mansion to prepare;

He lives to bring me safely there.

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He lives, all glory to his name!

He lives, my Savior, still the same;

What joy this blest assurance gives’

I know that my Redeemer lives!

~ Samuel Medley

Thank you dear Jesus for being my Redeemer, my Redeemer who lives!  Thank you for saving me, for paying the price of all mankind’s sin on the Cross.  It is beyond my understanding!  Thank you for continuing to remember me –and all who look to you–before the Father’s throne in Heaven–for praying for us, for loving us with a never ending love.  Praise you–Father, Son and Holy Ghost!  Amen.