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“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.” Psalm 92:1-3

Back in the day…in the late 60’s there was a catchy saying “things go better with coke”.  Back in the day that seemed true as burgers, fries, movies, conversations with girls and lots of things did seem to go better with Coke; and now, fifty years later…not so much.  Fifty years of challenges, trials and tribulations later during which Coke didn’t have much to offer but God’s Word did.  In every single Lutheran school with a Trinity/HOPE feeding program that I have visited in Haiti there has never been a bottle of Coke next to their bowl of rice and beans; God is in every one of those schools.  He is on their lips in the morning, listening to their prayers at meal time and with them as they close their eyes in the evening.  God is great and He is with us always making our days better as we draw closer to HimI am closing today with the words from the hymn ‘Great God, we sing that Mighty Hand’ that were written by Philip Doddridge in 1755.

“Great God, we sing that mighty hand by which supported still we stand.  The opening year Thy mercy shows; let mercy crown it till it close.  By day, by night, at home, abroad, still we are guarded by our God, by His incessant bounty fed, by His unerring counsel led.  With grateful hearts the past we own; the future, all to us unknown, we to Thy guardian care commit and, peaceful, leave before Thy feet.  In scenes exalted or depressed be Thou our Joy and Thou our Rest.  Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise, adored through all our changing days.  When death shall interrupt our songs, and seal in silence mortal tongues, our Helper, God, in whom we trust, in better worlds our soul shall boast.”

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

May God be with you…Jay