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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Dec 2, 2019, 7:57 AM ]

There was a hymnal in the give-away pile in the parish hall. I love hymnals.  In the front cover of this one made it clear that it had been given as a gift.  There was a scripture passage and a note of love to the recipient.  The scripture passage was this, “…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:19-21

There is a connection between people who sing praise to God.  (Even if the lyrics are said) (Note this, folks who attend the 8 o’clock service!)  Of course, I flipped through the pages of the hymnal.  I am blessed to know many of the songs. I thought about sharing the lyrics of one of them with you, but changed my mind and heart to share the words of a different one.  “Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin.  How shall my tongue describe it where shall its praise begin?  Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free, for the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.  Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, deeper than the mighty rolling sea; higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, all sufficient grace for even me.  Broader than the scope of my transgressions, greater far than all my sin and shame; O magnify the precious name of Jesus, Praise His name.” 

The best hymns are the ones that describe the grace and mercy that God has given us. When we make those songs our own, we become ambassadors of God’s grace.  As Advent arrives and we look forward to the second coming of Jesus, may we become a part of God’s plan and be transformed by the grace and mercy of God.