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Posted 2016-02-22T12:05:37Z

the gift of hymns

It's Sunday evening and we look back over a good day. The Village Church on TV was our sanctuary this morning. Once again we sang the hymns and read the Scriptures out loud with the congregation. The preacher this morning was Stuart Briscoe who spoke on aging using Psalm 90 as his text. It was a stirring and helpful message.

At noon, our dear Vermont friend Karen Unsworth, brought us meals of tender prime rib roast from the Crystal Dining Room! Marian ate a great noon dinner, and I didn't do too badly myself. In mid afternoon Marian asked to go for a ride and on this warm, sunny day we spent about an hour trying to avoid the traffic. After a light supper we played the word game "Quiddler". Now Marian has her eyes closed again and soon I'll put more hymns on the stereo. Marian is not doing much reading and gets little enjoyment from TV these days, but there is something about the old hymns that triggers a peaceful response. So thank you, Lord, for this day. And thank you to all who pray for us.

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Comments (6)

  • Dee Horne
    Dee Horne

    What a blessing to start this week with hearing from you! Continually the lord brings you both to mind. You are missed and loved and prayed for!!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Sheron White
    Sheron White

    Hello Jim and thank you for the update. My sentiments about hymns as well! After a congregational rendition of "Take My Life and Let It Be" a couple of weeks ago, with Barb Bailey on organ, and me on piano, I said to her, "We need to sing these a couple of times a Sunday!" Nothing beats congregational singing and worship. I took a team of 6 private students to Lighthouse Ministries last evening and they played an assortment of hymns, spiritual songs and ambient. The men and women did so enjoy them, but when the hymns were playing, that is when we heard most of the singing. What a comfort and encouragement to hear the messages learned many, many years ago. I couldn't help but wonder what those who enjoyed the music but did not know the lyrics were thinking. It was a beautiful day yesterday ... and the breezes our way is extra special in the evenings. Blessings to you and Marian today. Lots of hugs and holy kisses your way. Archie and Sheron White

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Ruth Deuber
    Ruth Deuber

    I'm thinking of "Peace by the River" as I sit here in my apartment. Shell Point does give us a sense of peace knowing that it's a special place. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I think so often about the beautiful Nona on stage in November. And also you both as "Fibber Mcgee and Molly". Love, Ruth

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Debbie Vik
    Debbie Vik

    I appreciate your updates. I am praying for you regularly as you walk this path together. I can see God is giving you both the strength and peace you need as you keep focused on Him. You are such an encouragement to me as well. Love you, Debbie

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Ann Maguire
    Mary Ann Maguire

    Marian and Jim At Bible Study today on the Armor of God, we were asked to think of a person we know whose life is peace filled against a backdrop of difficult circumstances. Your names immediately were shared by several members of the discussion group. You are truly walking the walk, and inspiring us all. As the song goes - "it is well with my soul". I pray you both are having a good day today. With love, Mary Ann Maguire

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Bill Lanpher
    Bill Lanpher

    We are following your steps of faith and hope in Jesus! God bless today...

    5 years ago · Reply