A small flame

A small flame

the beauty of hope







'Remember Your people
Remember your children
Remember your promise
Oh God



Your grace is enough
your grace is enough
your grace is enough for me'
{Chris Tomlin}



Today in church we sing some old friends
and behind the words I hear echos of the past. . . .
tears,
and worship
and wounds,
and trust clinging in the dark
and God - who was absolutely, unshakably faithful





'Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no One like You
None like You.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…
{'Our God - Chris Tomlin}


&


Every blessing You pour out,
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will Say . . . .
'Blessed be the name of the Lord.'

My heart will chose to say
'Lord, Blessed be your name.'

{Matt Redman}



Pastor D speaks from Romans 5 about how we can boast - boast! - in our sufferings.

Because suffering creates in us things that will, eventually, increase our hope.

About how suffering toughens our souls so that we can endure . . .

and, as we endure, it shows that our faith is real - it validates the strength of who we are in Christ . . .

and having our faith proven genuine increases our hope. Hope we have because we see that God is at work in our lives and is changing us . . . and in the end we become better worshipers. {Romans 5:1-5}





And I overflow with thanksgiving for a God who is completely faithful and unfailingly good, and for the beauty that exists in my deeper relationship with Him after - because of - the suffering.



And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?'
{'Our God - Chris Tomlin}








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