As with Gladness Men of Old

by William C. Dix, 1837-1898

1 As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led by Thee.

2 As with joyful steps they sped,
Savior, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before
Thee, whom heav’n and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

3 As they offered gifts most rare
At Thy cradle, rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King.

4 Holy Jesus, ev’ry day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

5 In the heav’nly country bright
Need they no created light;
Thou its light, its joy, its crown,
Thou its sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

Scripture references: Matthew 2:1-11; Isaiah 60:19; Revelation 21:23

We are in the season of Epiphany!

Who is leading your way into this New Year?

So, most gracious Lord, may we evermore be led by Thee.

I know that God is leading — that isn’t a problem for me. My challenge is in the following — am I truly willing to be led?

Sometimes I am waiting for the perfect moment. When life is comfortable. The time when it works for me and feels right and good. Sometimes I have to run out of my own ideas and finally be desperate enough to challenge my own thoughts and ways in order to surrender myself to His service. I hate to admit that, but it is true.

Being led is so hard — especially when you have your own ideas on how things should go.

Following God isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun. It may take me places that I am not quite sure that I want to be. Who wants to be in the middle of hard? Who wants to be in the midst of pain?

But being led by a gracious Lord means that there is grace along the way. It is important for me to remember that and re-remember that!

Lord, thank you for graciously and lovingly leading me. Give me a heart that is willing to be led by You. Amen.

For your consideration: Write out or print out these verses for contemplation this week. You might find that each day there is something different that resonates with you. If you play piano and you have a hymnal, play the song. Do you love to draw? Sketch out one of the images described. You can also check out the Scripture references. Or even dig into the details on the author. There are a lot of ways to make connections with the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs I will be posting in a way that deepens your understanding and connection with God’s love and provision for you. I love that God created us each with different interests, skills, and abilities — enjoy exploring yours!

The New Year

Today’s PrayerPoint ~ The New Year

It’s a New Year! A Fresh Start!

As you have reflected back on last year have you pondered what went well and what didn’t? Are there things you know you need to change in your life but you haven’t made a move to start the process? Are there things you wish you would have done? Conversations you wish you wouldn’t have started? Actions you took that you wish you would have contemplated longer?

I am pretty introspective so I love the opportunity to reflect on my words and actions. Well, I don’t love it…because sometimes I am embarrassed as I look back on the things I have said and done. Being quick witted is not always a gift. And sarcasm? Well, let’s just say I have been guilty of sharing my words too liberally. I can build bridges with my words but, regrettably, I don’t always choose to do that.

I  am definitely a work in progress.

If you have been my friend for a while you know that PrayerPoints have been around for a number of years and are typically a daily event during the Lenten season. Last year I was in Hungary for the month leading up to Easter and since we did not have regular access to the
Internet while we were traveling I took a break from the routine. I have missed it!

PrayerPoints are something I need in my life. I don’t know that I necessarily need to share them with the world but I certainly have the need to write them. The process of writing helps me keep a little order in my mind. And I guess I figure I might as well share what I am learning just in case it helps someone else. It isn’t much work for me because I feel like God is teaching me things all the time if I would just take a minute from life to listen and pray. I miss PrayerPoints when I am not writing them so that tells me it is a place where I need to put my energy for now.

So here we are. I have a crazy busy year but I love PrayerPoints. 

What have you been missing in your life? Is it time to add it back in?