Psalm 90

2016 07 22 - hymnO God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home!

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

O God our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guide while life shall last,
And our eternal home.

– From Psalm 90, by Isaac Watts

Psalm 90

April is…

“April is the cruelest month.” – T.S. Eliot

2016 04 07 - snow on flowers
Now why would T.S. go and say a thing like that? Fresh snow on budding tulips, maybe? Multiple consecutive days of rain? Dashed hopes about a certain young lady? Complicated tax forms?

Any of those speculations could have prompted his famed statement about this month. This is a month of fickle weather, a time of year when romantic hopes blossom once again and yes, the season of complicated tax forms – that last bit since 1913, the inaugural year of federal income taxes in the U.S.

Are you feeling bitter toward this month? Take heart. Only 24 days to go ‘til May! And you know what Voltaire said about May, right?

Neither do we. But we know that each new day brings new hope. The Bible says that. All over the place!

April is…

Advent…hope

Advent - wk 1 - HOPE

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)

Advent…hope