Today’s encouragement and challenge is from our wonderful music teacher, Miss Barrett.
Dear Baymonte Family,
How I miss worshipping our Great King with you in person! Right now I can sense His delight over you. You are not far from Him, and as His children, we are actually together right now in His arms!
Do you know what the cross and crown in the picture are made of? All those red strips are sick family members, an unsold house, asthma, and hurting friends…they are your 2019-2020 prayer requests that God has answered.
I think it was “for such a time as this” that God inspired these two students a few weeks ago to staple our raw, red requests into a cross and crown. Art made of scars is worship. We bring to God our brokenness and need; He binds up our wounds and crowns (corona) us with His love and compassion (Psalm 103:4).
Our Father is taking the red strips of our hurting hearts and healing us with perfect love, wrapping us close in His loving arms. We can lose everything in this world; we will lose everything in this world. But hear Him whispering, “Come close to me. Give me your whole heart and find the Love you’ve been looking for.”
Can you believe this Powerful, Loving King is our Dad? When I focus on this, I start singing. Join me in starting every day by worshipping our Loving King. Pick a line from your favorite worship song, or pick a scripture verse and make up your own melody. Rejoicing reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s gentle healing hands, Jesus’ cross-bearing compassion, and our Father’s all-conquering love. Tell your soul with David and I, “Soul, don’t forget how God has answered our 2019-2020 prayers and how He has, is, and will always be good to us!”
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)