Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

09 July 2014

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

I had no idea - none of us did - when I wrote my Winter update on Saturday and mentioned being in a season of caring for our elderly mums, that on Monday my sisters and I would find ourselves standing at a hospital bedside.  My sweet mum passed away peacefully late Monday afternoon with her four daughters at her bedside. She drifted gently away with the words, "Heaven is beautiful" in her ears. 

We will sing this hymn at her funeral on Tuesday.  Its words echo all that we have found to be good, true and of comfort this week.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 
     Great is Thy faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!
     Morning by morning new mercies I see;
     All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
     Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Words by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm 1866-1960


Stephanie said...

Dear Meredith,
How wonderful to leave this world surrounded by words of truth and hope. And what a great choice of hymn for Tuesday. Through your tears, may you sing it strong and sure, being full of confidence in the God who was and is and is to come.
Sending you all of our love,
Stephanie x

Deb said...

So sorry to hear that, Meredith. Hugs to you.

Meredith said...

Thanks dear friends. The Lord is good.

Petrina said...

One of my internet jobs tonight was to print a copy of those hymn words for Baby H's bedroom wall - each of my kids have 'their hymn' and that's hers. I'll think of you as I sing it to her, and praise God for his faithfulness to your family :)

Meredith said...

That's wonderful. The cycle of life. And God is constant in all of its stages. Thank you Petrina.

Sarah said...

I remember what you wrote to me when my Nan died - "Grief is testament to the importance of a relationship. Grieve well."
Now I'm saying it to you - grieve well, dear Meredith, but with hope. And I love that hymn.
Lots of love. xx

Meredith said...

Thanks Sarah.