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Archive for December 15th, 2008

Do Not Despair

The devil would like us to despair

 

          Don’t – God will help us repair. -eab

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Men who feel quite adequate

To tell you which “i” to dot,

To tell you what you are to do – not;

Ought also to be able,

To tell you how humbly to praise,

How in quietude and true gratitude

You should voice and hands raise.

We lack not in “liners up,”

And men who love that line,

We need men who will lead to worship,

Men who live and love in the divine.

Oh, may the incense of my heart,

Toward heaven daily depart!      -eab, 1/3/07

Written while pastoring with the Pilgrim Holiness in Kingston, Ontario.

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“The Mercy of God Is an Ocean Divine”   (stanza 1 and refrain)

The mercy of God is an ocean divine,
A boundless and fathomless flood.
Launch out in the deep, cut away the shore line,
And be lost in the fullness of God.

Launch out, into the deep.
Oh let the shore line go.
Launch out, launch out in the ocean divine,
Out where the full tides flow.

A B Simpson was born 12/15/1843 on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  It was my privilege to see the spot where his family home was.  His dad had a mill and would cut lumber, place it on a small boat and float it down the narrow creek that boarded their land to a ship building yard.  Simpson was a lad who grew up with the sea – this song reflects this boyhood scenes.  He died 10/29/1919 in Nyack, NY. 

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