Posts Tagged ‘love’

A Song for the Suffering

March 8, 2016

This beautiful song by Shane and Shane features a sermon excerpt by John Piper. I’m moved to tears every time I listen.

“Though you slay me
Yet I will praise you
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need”

 

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Testimony

January 11, 2015

“I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

– Psalm 52:8-9

Love’s Strength

June 4, 2012

“Measure thy life by loss instead of gain;
not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth;
for love’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice;
and whoso suffers most hath most to give.”

– Ugo Bassi (1800-1849)

Jesus of the Scars

July 14, 2011

The other gods were strong, but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

– Edward Shillito (1872-1948)

The Father’s Love

June 7, 2011

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

– Zephaniah 3:17

A Friend Who Cares

February 15, 2011

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in a hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

– Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey, 1990

Joy in Trials

January 3, 2011

“Why does God allow some of His deeply loved sons and daughters to go through trials of body and spirit? Because, if they receive that suffering with faith and joy, that supernatural chemical reaction will supercharge the message of His Son’s love and the suffering one will have the privilege of a life impact that will keep echoing and echoing beyond their years.”

– Joni Eareckson Tada, A Lifetime of Wisdom: Embracing the Way God Heals You, 2009

The Faith To Persevere

October 20, 2009

“Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life – throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence on God.”

– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Unattractive Gifts

August 16, 2009

“Dear friend, God may send you some valuable gifts wrapped in unattractive paper. But do not worry about the wrappings, for you can be sure that inside He has hidden treasures of love, kindness, and wisdom. If we will simply take what he sends and trust Him for the blessings inside, we will learn the meaning of the secrets of His providence, even in times of darkness.”

– A.B. Simpson, Streams in the Desert

An Evening Prayer

July 1, 2009

“Lord Jesus, stay with me, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be my companion in the way, kindle my heart, and awaken hope, that I may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and in the breaking of bread.  Grant this for the sake of your love toward me.  Amen.”

The Divine Hours, adapted from The Book of Common Prayer