Sunday, June 04, 2006

Day 60: How Gentle God's Commands

I was reflecting yesterday on a special experience I had while living out of the country for a couple of years. I had been out of the country for just over a year and was starting to feel somewhat worn out and home sick. Then I received a letter from my father where he shared that he had been feeling worn down and discouraged. He told of sitting in church and singing a hymn which raised him out of his gloom. I opened the hymnal and read the words to the hymn. My burden was also lifted. To this day it is one of my favorite hymns. It always uplifts me. It always reminds me of the very special experience I shared dwith my Dad that day through a letter. The hymn is titled, "How Gentle God's Commands." The Lyrics follow.

How gentle God's commands!
How kind his precepts are!
Come cast your burdens on the Lord
And trust His constant care.

Beneath His watchful eye,
His saints securely dwell;
That hand which bears all nature up
Shall guard His children well.

Why should this anxious load
Press down your weary mind?
Haste to your Heav'nly Father's throne
And sweet refreshment find.

His goodness stands approved,
Unchanged from day to day;
I'll drop my burden at His feet
And bear a song away.

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