Archive | September 2015

Surely Goodness and Mercy

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Surely Goodness and Mercy

A pilgrim was I, and a wandering,
In the cold night of sin I did roam,
When Jesus the kind Shepherd found me,
And now I am on my way home.

Chorus:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life;
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life.

Verse 2:
He restoreth my soul when I’m weary,
He giveth me strength day by day;
He leads me beside the still waters,
He guards me each step of the way.

Chorus:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life;
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life.

Verse 3:
When I walk through the dark lonesome valley,
My savior will walk with me there;
And safely His great hand will lead me
To the mansions He’s gone to prepare.

Chorus:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life;
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life.

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever,
And I shall feast at the table spread for me;
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days, all the days of my life.

Text and Music: John W. Peterson and Alfred B. Smith 1958
Audio: Stephen Sollars
Photo: Ruth Diane Handley Domigan

for this dark night

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Throughout this long, dark night, there is a Savior;
A Comforter, a Guide and a faithful Friend,
To walk each trying step right there beside you,
To lend His strength till you reach this trial’s end.

At times when you feel lonely or abandoned,
Afraid to face another day’s weary cares,
Lift up your eyes and meet the gaze of Jesus;
There’s not a moment of grief He will not share.

His heart’s compassion covers you with mercy;
His tender love pours forth in amazing grace;
His blessed peace surrounds you with assurance
He’ll carry you till you meet Him face-to-face.

Face-to-face, blessed meeting . . .
With the One who ransomed you.
Face-to-face, joyous greeting . . .
Through this long, dark night ~
This dark night of your soul ~
He’ll hold you close and never abandon you . . .
Jesus will carry you through.

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate
and righteous. . . . .Psalm 112:4 NIV

Poem by Connie Faust
Photo by Cleve Sylcox

anchor

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…so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever
Hebrews 6:18-20

Photo by Jean Pike