Day 1 / Blessed Assurance
It’s Sunday…and this is my last day in Denver with my daughter and her family. What a blessing to be here, to spend time with my grandchildren and to enjoy the miraculous mountains. The glorious view on the way to Winter Park is beautiful beyond words. My husband and I were in awe. How can we miss this link to our creator… the one who put the world into motion with His Word. We forget WHO He is everyday…what He has done for us…& WHOSE we are. But here in the mountains, were faced with His glory as soon as we open our eyes! Look up with me all you skiers, hikers, and snowboarders!
On this day of the Lord, I decided to spend some time in another She Reads Truth Study. 😌
The Hymn Study drew me in right away. I miss the old hymns. I reallly do❤ I grew up in a Presbyterian church, and that is what I remember the most. Music and Lyrics that play over in my head…Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, His Eye is on the Sparrow, How Great Thou Art. There is something so comforting for me there. The words that escaped me as a child, now take on a greater meaning. It’s a combination of child like faith with an adult sinner’s gratitude.
The first day of the study has us look at the hymn Blessed Assurance, by Fanny Crosby, written in 1873.
I Love how Annie Downs puts it…
Jesus is mine…
“I’ve known it since I learned this song as a tiny kid. It is my assurance, that Jesus is mine. When I feel forgotten and think no one sees me, He sees. When I think no one will step in, He always steps in, to provide and protect. When I need to be rescued, He proves, again and again, that rescuing is His specialty in my life” (Colossians 1:13).
“Whatever I think I don’t have, I have Jesus.” -Annie Downs
“Without Jesus, I am the only one who takes care of me. With Jesus, I am never alone. I am loved deeply by God, and therefore, I can love and be loved by others “(Deuteronomy 31:6, 1 John 4:7-19). -Annie Downs
These words of truth and love stood out to me as well, and as I listened to this song, over and over, I had a picture in my mind…of those angels, sent by The Father…echoing mercy and whispering love…during the darkest of my days.
Have you been there to? In that place where you are swallowed up by fear, doubt, pain, or sorrow? …and then, when the world feels completely dark and without hope…as you list all the things you don’t have in your mind…and then love is whispered in your ear?
For me, the darkness was often self inflicted…caused by a distorted view…by sin. Jesus stood with me, and at the same time was interceding on my behalf.
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34
Assurance = a promise intended to give confidence
We can rest in confidence, that we have a promise from THE PROMISE KEEPER.
I am loved with an unfailing love… with the promise that in Christ, I am His and He is mine.
And so it is for you too, my Sister in Christ.