It is amazing to me how fast this last month has Marched by. I know a big reason it has passed by so quickly has been all the things Julie, the girls, and I have been dealing with as a result of Mom’s sudden death. I want to again express our deepest appreciation to you all for everything you have done for us through this difficult time. The meals, the calls, texts, visits, and prayers have all been needed and much appreciated. Knowing she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus gives us comfort and enables us to endure. We have this hope because as a girl Mom invited Jesus into her heart and reign on the throne of her heart.
This month we celebrate the Cross of Christ and the salvation God offers through it alone. I want us to reflect on that old rugged cross as we review the lyrics of the great hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Written by Isaac Watts in 1707 for a communion service this great hymn has been sung by the church for over three centuries. The tune Hamburg which we familiarly sing this great hymn to was arranged by Lowell Mason in 1824 from an ancient Gregorian Chant (500’s).
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
This Easter let us not take God’s grace and gift of salvation for granted. We must share it with the world! I am excited about what God has in store for us here at Pawhuska First Baptist in 2015 and beyond. God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work. Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is. “Greater things are yet to be done in this city…” Be constant in prayer. Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9). In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name. It isour mission.