Hymn #52, 53, 54, 55: Never Alone, Are Ye Able, Grace Greater Than Our Sin, All Glory Laud and Honor

The news about the spread of the virus was terrible this week, just when it looked like we would start back toward some sort of normal. How much more must we endure, how much suffering is headed our way? I don’t know, but it’s back to quarantine and wait out the storm. The virus is really here locally now, so this first hymn felt like a good choice “I’ve seen the lightning flashing, Which almost conquered my soul… I’ve heard the voice of my Savior, bidding me still to fight on”. I’m starting to really understand what it means to have the strength to persevere with what needs to be done, not losing faith that I will persevere. These are hymns about the supremacy of God over what we are asked to go through. I am not alone, nor are any of you, no matter how overwhelming this all feels.

It helps me to know that my trials and this storm are nothing compared to what Jesus suffered on the cross. “Are ye able, to be crucified with me? Are ye able, when the shadows close around you, to believe that spirit triumphs?” With these hymns I play, use me be a small light for others in the deepening darkness.

“Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, Threaten the soul with infinite loss”. Grace is so needed now.

Can we trust that a great victory is coming? When I was young I so remember a beloved relative helping me through very difficult times, saying, This too will pass. I must hold on, live every day to the fullest, and help others where I can.