Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.
~ Author Unknown
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
~ Psalm 119:18
So thankful for the Holy Spirit this morning. In the wake of the attack on Paris, millions around the world rally in prayer for the people of France, Social Media is resplendent in the red, white and blue flag of France as a screen through which to view photos.
Our church service changed to reflect a way to come together and remember who the author and finisher of our faith really is, and we fought back in prayer, in song, in conversation, in the love of God. The prelude changed to one by French composer Jean Langlais – Chant de Paix. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2-v9wXsPqs)
The congregation sang Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) to introduce this reflective piece.
The sermon had echoes of a God our loving parent, and God expressing anger, and the anthem and hymns seemed to have been chosen especially for the occasion, though they were chosen some time before this particular Sunday…by the Holy Spirit.
No matter what your circumstances, no matter what is going on in this world, the Holy Spirit is the breeze that sweeps across our tired heart strings. God knows the entire story, sees the entire picture. As our Youth Pastor said yesterday, we must “fast on fear and feast on faith.”
Today, allow the Spirit to guide you into God’s perfect peace as you face the day and the days ahead.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Breathe new life into the hurting people of Paris, of Kenya of all the pockets where freedom and faith are targeted.
Because of Him,