Sunday, 5 January 2014

How kind Thou art

Whenever one person loves another-whether it be partner, children, siblings, parents or friends, there are times of rugged commitment as well as times of tenderness of some sort or another. As a mid 50 year old man I recall telling my dad that I loved him during his find illness. This hadn't been a frequent topic of our conversation over the years, although our love for one another was a sort of given. However it was good to verbalise it.

As an adult male follower of Jesus Christ I guess the predominant mood is one of grateful discipleship, but even here there will be/should be times of intimacy. As a young Christian growing up within the Pentecostal tradition, I was more inclined to the emotional aspect of my relationship with Christ. Indeed a favourite hymn in my teens was that written by Bernard of Clairvaux,
Jesus the very thought of Thee, with sweetness fills my breast, but sweeter far Thy face to see and in Thy presence rest.
I hadn't given this hymn much thought over recent years, but whilst clearing some of my dear mother's papers yesterday I came across a page where she had written out all the words of that lovely hymn. She had then underlined for emphasis  these beautiful reassuring words,
To those who fall how kind Thou art, how good to those who seek.
I'm immensely grateful for the kindness of God. Oh yes,  kindness doses not embrace all of God's attributes, but oftentimes, indeed when we fall as we frequently do, we need reminders of his tender mercies and kindness. Thanks mum for reminding me.
 
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