In the exile of my grief
How can I sing the Lord's song
“Cheer up and sing,” they say
“Rejoice in the Lord,” they urge
How can I rejoice and sing
When my loss if so strong?
Oh my city, my home
What has become of you?
The empty street and shops
Bombed out houses
In vacated suburbs
Speak of death and disaster.
Oh my city, my home
The dwelling of Yahweh
The envy of the nations
The focus of the world
We ask “Why?”
But no answer comes.
Oh my city my home
We have left the ancient paths
The holy ways of God
Can our own exile be delayed?
Perhaps being about to love and bring up children is a God given opportunity. As tough as it it, I feel like a millionaire and so blessed.
Yet I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
Paul thanks God for Timothy, being reminded of his sincere faith handed down from his grandmother and mother.
He reminds Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God that was imparted to him by the laying on of hands. The Spirit is not about timidity but about power, faith and self-discipline.
God saves us and calls us to a life of holiness. This grace was given in Christ before the beginning of time. But has only now been revealed. Christ has destroyed death and brought immortality through the gospel.
Two gifts from God are given to us to equip us for eternity.
Firstly there is the gospel, the message of salvation that sets us free from sin and death and brings us into the light and eternal life.
Then there is the Holy Spirit- the spirit of power, love and self-control. It is the Holy Spirit who equips us to live our lives for Christ.
Paul tells Timothy he must fan into flame the gift that was placed in him. We do this through prayer and obedience. As we take baby steps in the life of the Spirit we become mature and live in the fullness of what Christ created us to be.
Holy Spirit I receive as a deposit that gift you have placed in me. Help me to grow in all of yout gifts and become effective in your kingdom. Amen.
- Baulkham Hills High1970 - 1975
- University of SydneyChemical Engineering, 1976
- United Theological College1988
- New Life Christian Fellowship NarrabriPastor, present
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