Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Great is Thy Faithfulness"

Yes, I remember singing this beautiful old hymn at the small town Methodist church that I grew up in. Many of these seasoned hymns have special meaning for me as my Grandmother was the choir director and I watched her every Sunday as she stood before the choir and sang her best for Jesus.

This particular hymn, written in 1923 by Thomas Chisholm, is especially meaningful to me tonight as I read the lyrics posted on a CaringBridge entry written by my cousin today. We've all been praying for my sweet baby cousin, Elias who was born in Singapore last week with a heart condition. Needless to say, there were many, many...MANY "prayer warriors" praying for this precious baby. Miraculously, he was released from the hospital today, he'd been on oxygen and had been eating through a tube at one point. The doctors have said twice this week that his progress has been "amazing" - what a testimony for this sweet little boy!! God is so good!

At the end of her post this evening, my cousin concluded with this:

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Those words just filled my heart with joy. I couldn't have said it better. Glory be to God!! I thank Him and I praise Him for his loving kindness and tender mercies...and most of all I'm thankful for His forgiveness.