Looking Back, Gratefully

Today, in an effort to begin ridding my files of stuff I don’t need any more and nobody will read after I’m gone, I found notes to teaching I did over 30 years ago.

Supposing these writings confirm one of my sayings, “The older I grow the better I was,” I marvel at the wisdom and insight shown in this material.  Then I pause:  No, I wasn’t better; the Holy Spirit was there all the time.  It is He who inspired those insights.  I am sitting here with tears, amazed at God’s goodness toward me all these years. So thankful am I, I must sing an old hymn:

I stand amazed in the presence

Of Jesus the Nazarene,

And wonder how he could love me,

A sinner condemned, unclean.

How marvelous!  How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:

How marvelous!  Oh, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden

He prayed: “Not My will but Thine.”

He had not tears for His own griefs,

But sweat drops of blood for mine.

He took my sins and my sorrows,

He made them His very own;

He bore my burden to Calvary,

And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory

His face I at last shall see,

‘Twill be my joy through the ages

To sing of His love for me.

How marvelous!  How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:

How marvelous!  Oh, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!

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