An Old Shoe

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see

It’s Sunday. I’m musing on an old hymn.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Ron* has been depressed this week. He has had to return to taking medication.

Steve* knows he has messed up relationships and faith. He is trying to rebuild his life but he still feels guilty about his past.

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

I have huge sympathy for Head Teachers:

  • Interpreting government guidelines: risk assessments, school cleaning…
  • Making educational decisions – curriculum, appropriate teaching methods
  • Caring for staff, parents and children; ensuring all are healthy and safe.

I have huge sympathy for parents deciding about what is right and best for their children.

And the rest of us need to be cheered and guided too.

Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow

Wherever you stand on the faith spectrum this is a great prayer for all.

It is the prayer for the desperate who need to get through today and hope that tomorrow is better. It is a prayer for the strong who have great plans for today and the future.

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

We look for good things and develop an attitude of gratitude.

For 3 years now, at the end of each day, I have written 5 things from that day that I am grateful for. I haven’t reached 10,000, but I am over 5,000!

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

And the old shoe? Thomas Chisholm who wrote this hymn was an ordinary man who described himself as ‘just an old shoe’.

That ‘old shoe’ was able to find peace, guidance, strength and gratitude in his faithful God.

Ref:

Great is thy faithfulness – written by Thomas Chisholm (1866-1960) in 1923

*Not their real names

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