Here is a beautiful song called “We Give Glory, Awesome Trinity” written by Matt Osgood.
“We give glory and praise to the Father;
uncreated, immortal, invisible God.
His hands hold the whole of creation,
and His Heart overflows with love.
We give glory and praise to Our Saviour;
Son of God, Son of Man, perfect payment for sin.
He rose from the grave, He ascended,
and one day He will come again.
You are so holy, holy, holy,
the awesome Trinity,
forever Father, Spirit, Son.
You are, You were and always will be
God from eternity,
forever three, forever one.
We give glory and praise to the Spirit
who inspires and equips us to follow the Son.
Our Helper, Our Counsel, Our Comfort,
guarantee of all that’s to come.
You are Our God, you are Our God.
You are Our God, you are Our God.
The only God, the Living God,
Almighty God, You are Our God.”
“You said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image and likeness’ (Genesis 1:26). And this you did, eternal Trinity, willing that we should share all that you are, high eternal Trinity! You, eternal Father, gave us memory to hold your gifts and share your power. You gave us understanding so that, seeing Your goodness, we might share the wisdom of your only-begotten Son. And you gave us free will to love what our understanding sees and knows of Your truth, and so share the clemency of Your Holy Spirit. Why did you so dignify us? With unimaginable love you looked upon your creatures within Your very soul, and You fell in love with us. So it was love that made You create us and give us being just so that we might taste Your supreme eternal good.” ——An excerpt from ” The Dialogue” by Catherine of Sienna
“In antiquity, Abba Anthony, credited with being the founder of monasticisism, said, ‘I saw all the snares of the enemy spread out over the world, and I said, groaning, what can get me through such snares? Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Humility’.’ It was humility that made these ancient Christians able,with the help of God’s grace, to take on the enormous and dangerous task of the transformation of the old creation into the new. What is this humility, this world transforming attitude of heart, that made this possible? Most basically, it was the living out of the conviction that all human beings, every man, woman, and child, are beloved creatures of God….These early monastics put at the very heart of their understanding of what it means to be Christian the fundamental biblical message we find in so many forms: ‘while we were yet sinners Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8). It is the sick who need the physician, not the well. This basic attitude of humility recognizes that no person loves or does any good without the help of God, so that whatever acts of kindness or virtue a person performs, whatever strength or happiness one has, one’s ability to work well and to love well – all these are possible because God gives them to the creatures as God ‘s good gifts. No one is in a position to look down on another from a superior height because of her or his hard work or piety or mental superiority. We are all vulnerable, all limited, and we each have a different struggle only God is in a position to judge.” —-An excerpt from “To Love as God Loves” by Roberta Bondi
“When I was five, I cut out little pieces of cardboard and pasted them together to make a bus with windows, wheels, and little seats. I put it in my back pocket to bring it to school for show-and-tell. When it was time, I stood up and reached into my pocket to proudly display my cardboard bus, but all I found were cardboard pieces. It was demolished, having been sat upon; my first great scholastic achievement was destroyed. I ended up telling them all about the bus instead of showing them. I was all tell and no show. Show-and-tell is also our first big assignment as children of God. It’s a crucial part of the Great Commission. We’re told to love not only in word, but in deed. You’re to tell the world the Gospel, but that’s not enough—you have to show them the Gospel. Show them Messiah in your life, your home, your manner, your emotions, your relationships, your joy, your love, the way you treat others, and in your peace. They won’t be able to help seeing. It’s as simple as show-and- tell. TODAY’S MISSION – Today, don’t only speak Messiah, show Messiah in everything you do. Make your life a show-and- tell about Messiah.” What’s your show and tell today? ——An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires
Watching the towers crumble, few remembered America had been attacked on 9/11 in 1976 once before. Kathleen Murray Moran’s own September 11th twenty-five years earlier occurred when her husband Brian, a member of the New York City Bomb Squad was killed defusing a bomb Croatian “freedom-fighters” placed in a Grand Central Station locker before hijacking TWA flight 355 from La Guardia airport. “Life Detonated” is the story of how that bomb ripped through Kathleen’s life. She had spent her childhood in a bug-infested basement of a Bronx tenement, one of eight children, where the door was left open to drug dealers and other villains until she was saved by the man who became a hero to Kathleen and the city of New York. This is a survivor’s story. She started communicating with the wife of the terrorist who killed her husband and helped him plant the bomb, but who was actually instrumental in her healing. She became the founder of Survivors of the Shield, a group that advocates for and provides support and assistance to the spouses and children of New York City police officers killed in the line of duty. It is the story of how she moved from poverty to the suburbs and refused to go back after Brian’s death. It is a story of resilience in the face of senseless tragedy.
I’ve been reading the Contemporary English Bible and I really likely it. I came across Proverbs 5:1 and 2 and it really spoke to me. “My son, if you listen closely to my wisdom and good sense, you will have sound judgment, and you will always know the right thing to say.” Nowadays you see a lot of people on TV that seem to lack wisdom and common sense. One of my favorite sayings is this. “Darkness has no wisdom.” That really ties in to the first verse. If we pay attention to God!s Word and let it be our guide, we will always be on the right path. I was talking to my older son the other day and we were discussing this. I said that many times people can’t seem to make a right decision or they are worried about other people’s opinions, but the real answer is just to completely yield to Jesus, and do exactly what He tells you to do or what you feel in your spirit is the right thing to do. Complete obedience to Him makes you absolutely free. You never say, “I don’t know what to do, because we have the Holy Spirit, who is Wisdom Himself living in us. We may not know immediately what to do, but we are at peace, knowing in His time it will be revealed. As long as we praise and worship and stay in fellowship by praying and reading His Word, we will have sound judgment and wisdom for every single thing we do. It’s absolutely awesome how the Lord will lead and guide you in His extravagant Love and infinite blessings!
Philip James Elliot was an evangelical Christian, who was one of five missionaries, killed in 1956 while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador. He was only 28 years old. He expressed his belief that work dedicated to Jesus was more important than his life (see Luke 9:24. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”) He wrote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” He then quoted Luke 16:9 (“That when it shall fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations”.) It is close to a saying of the English preacher Philip Henry who said “He is no fool who parts with that which he cannot keep, when he is sure to be recompensed with that which he cannot lose.” His wife, Elisabeth, later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband. Returning to the United States after many years in South America, she became widely known as the author of over twenty books and as a speaker touring the country. There was a movie released in 2006 entitled “End of the Spear” based on the killing of these missionaries. Elliot had said that “Missionaries are just very human folk, Just doing what they are asked. Simply a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody.”
There is a remarkable story that I found written in the book, “To Love as God Loves” by Roberta Bondi. Here it is. “A woman I know had had great difficulties in her relationships with her mother over the years; her mother had seemed to her to be harsh and critical and unloving, though she had wanted her love very badly, and she struggled hard and vainly not to be afraid of her even in her adult years. Then when she was well past 35 she met someone who had known her mother as a child, and who told her things about the unhappiness of her mother’s childhood she had never even suspected. Suddenly she found herself overwhelmed with an entirely new desire to protect her mother and care for her. Her heart had been freed to see her mother not as the one who had a mother’s power over her but as a person who was herself in need of gentleness and attention. As she understood this, she was given further insights into her mother over a long period of time, and to each of them she continued to respond and grow and love. She found that once she had begun to be attentive to her mother’s needs, her mother, too, became a continuing source of grace for her as her anxiety and mistrust of others receded.”
“Messiah said, ‘Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect’. He was speaking Hebrew, and one of the central Hebrew words for perfect is tamim. It also means complete. Your heavenly Father is perfect and not lacking anything. If you want to fulfill this commandment, you have to learn to be complete. If you dwell on what you don’t have, what you want, and what you think you have to have, the more incomplete and miserable you’ll become. You don’t have to get anything to be perfect. Perfection begins not by getting more, but by being still and letting God complete you. It begins when you stop dwelling on what you don’t have and start rejoicing in what you have in God. It starts by being still and knowing that He is God, by saying in your heart, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’. When God completed creation, He rested. You’ll find completeness when you stop striving and start resting in God’s rest. Enter the Sabbath of His presence, the peace that passes understanding, and the way that is perfectly complete and completely perfect. TODAY’S MISSION – Rejoice in what God has given you today. Rest in His perfect shalom, His completeness, His perfection.” —–An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires
Christianity Today reported that among the 150 million-plus visitors a year, the four verses that saw distinct spikes in readership after the senseless shootings were these.
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Romans 12:19: “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
Psalm 11:5 “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, He hates with a passion.”
Overall, these go-to verses address God’s deliverance from the brokenness of the world—a condition many onlookers feel acutely during times of national tragedy.