As we always like to do, we traveled with our dear families. Spencerville greeted us with a Summer-warm welcome on Saturday! Terry Myer, pastor at Cuba Mennonite, joked that they had been praying for rain for some time, but for that very day they were hoping God would hold off the downpours till after 9 pm!! Thank you Terry and family for hosting us for lunch and fellowship!
So, thankfully it didn’t rain at the outdoor Spencerville Community Sing this year! And there was quite a group of people out, some from the town and many others from different Anabaptist churches in the area. It was a blessing to meet the Royer family. And it was good to meet the DeLagrange family again. I think it takes special people to manage to get everyone together to practice and sing as they do! God bless their work!
I was blessed to hear a personal testimony of a young mother who grew up in an Old Order Amish community but had never heard about the need to be born again until she turned fourteen! Indeed, hers was wonderful story of a journey from hopelessness to great assurance in God’s saving grace. Thank you for sharing that with us!
We were pleased with how our Sunday program at Fair Haven Amish Mennonite Church given it was in the morning. For some reason, we get a little nervous about morning programs! My voice threatens to squeak at the wrong moments (wait, are there any right moments?). And the others have their own set of little problems, from dry throats to strained vocal chords. Thank you Fair Haven for the delicious meal you prepared for us after the service! We went home with full stomachs and full hearts!
Seems like people were drawn to one of our songs about the Bible this weekend: “This Blessed Old Book”. It’s one of our favorites too. One phrase in the chorus always stands out to me. “And I’ve not made a change in one word that it says, but it sure made a change in me!” Has the message of the Lord Jesus Christ made a change in you? Some people seem to think, “Why do today what you can leave for tomorrow?” Well, you know how that saying really should read. Today is a much better day to begin walking the true way, surrender to the Truth, and hold the promise of eternal life. Why not today?
Often, songs tell stories or declare great truths in a very concise way. “Follow the Path of Jesus” compresses deep meaning into few words. Being a follower of Christ is no small feat. It cannot be done apart from faith, nor can it be accomplished without a thorough conversion of the heart. As the Hebrew writer declares, without faith it’s impossible to please God. Faith is not leaping into some dark unknown, but following the Light of the world.
Following denotes action, intentional movement. And it means there is a Leader ahead of us. Christ is the author of our faith, the target of our following. He’s the beginning and also the end of our path.
Hope you are blessed by this hymn today!
Follow the Path of Jesus
Follow the path of Jesus, walk where His footsteps lead; Keep in His beaming presence, every counsel heed; Watch, while the hours are flying, ready some good to do; Quick while His voice is calling, yield obedience true!
Cling to the hand of Jesus, all through the day and night; Dark though the way and dreary, He will guide you right. Live for the good of others, helpless oppressed and wrong; Lift them from depths of sorrow, in His strength be strong!
Take up the cross of Jesus, sharing the shame He bore; Self and the world denying, love the Saviour more; Tell all the world of Jesus, think of their gloom and loss, Tell of His great salvation, glory in His cross.
-Christopher R. Blackall