Tuesday, 17 June 2014

So He Bringeth Them To Their Desired Haven

Dear Readers,

Douglas went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on June 2nd.

How fitting that his last blog on May 8th was entitled "The Desired Haven." He had no idea that it would be his last. His longing to be with the Lord increased as time went on but his patience and faith held out right to the end, despite the effects of the disease on his body and mind. He managed to stay at home surrounded by his family, which was his wish.

It remains for us to carry on, grateful for his example and looking alone to the One who he pointed us to in all the blog posts. He will be sorely missed but we would not wish to bring him back to the battlefield on which he fought for so long.

Your support and prayers were a huge encouragement to him and to us in his illness and I know he would want to thank you again.

The Taylor Family.

Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Safe into the haven guide;
Till the storm of life is past;
O receive my soul at last.

Charles Wesley

Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Desired Haven

A rather poignant story is told (some may know its origin). A godly minister was dying, in everyone's estimation, including his own. But, to everyone's surprise, he gradually recovered.

But the sensation that overwhelmed him was disappointment. 'I saw the harbour gates', he exclaimed. 'But now I am obliged to remain on the high seas, with my soul battered by every wave, doing battle with the world, the flesh, and the Devil.'

The ungodly world cannot understand this point of view, but should it not be the attitude of godly Christians? Should they not long for safety within the gates of glory, more than anything else?

Jesus, lover of my soul . . . let me to thy bosom fly. 
       Charles Wesley

So he bringeth them to their desired haven (Psalm 107:30).

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sweet to Look Away

The hymnwriter, Toplady, who has often seemed like a companion to me (not that I compare my gifts or ability to his for a moment), wrote a beautiful hymn, beginning:

When languor and disease invade
This trembling house of clay . . .

It is all concerned to show that, in such circumstances, the best thing one can do is to look out to Christ in his sweetness. I wish I could quote some more of it, so as to give the flavour of it (it is quite lengthy). But I would recommend it to readers. If you cannot find it on the web, I will try to help.

I never intended this blog to report on my health, but to glorify Christ; however I would request your supportive prayers concerning the vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pains which have hindered me recently.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not his all his benefits!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Above the Sky

Our blessed Lord Jesus is above the sky:

Now above the sky he's king
Where the angels ever sing. 

The date of Easter has little or nothing to do with this; nor is it a scientfic question, as some have thought.

No, it is a fact to be received, by those with the faith of little children. The scene depicted is unspeakably sweet and glorious. Who would not wish to be there?

The precious truth is that our Lord wants all his believing people to be with him there. Do you desire this too? I hope with all my heart that you do.

I must apologize for not blogging lately. I have been struggling to adjust to medication, and this has knocked me sideways. I cannot tell when I will be able to write again. But meantime I want to thank Christian friends who have encouraged me with their remarks. May the Lord bless you all!

If it does nothing more, this brief post will assure all readers that I am still in the fight with them. The Lord will give the Victory!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hope In Christ

The hope I expressed for 2014 has not been strongly fulfilled yet, ( see my blog of January 1st) and I find my friends with all their various problems have found the same thing.

But there is also room for hope - hope for grace here and for immortal life.

Let us hold fast our confidence to the very end for he is faithful that has promised.

(Hebrews 10:23)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Junior 'Philosophers' See God's Works

Despite the disgust of evolutionists and atheists, youthful 'students' have no difficulty in seeing the loving purpose of God in the things that he has made.

Such things as why water in lakes is flat have no purpose at all, in the eyes of evolutionists.

But children disagree. Lakes are as flat are for a loving purpose, to allow animals to drink more easily.

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, therefore, God perfects his praise. How excellent is his name throughout the earth!

(If anyone has an  accurate reference to the source of the report, I would be glad to see it.) 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Dear Readers

Apologies for the lack of posts but I have not been very well. I will write if I get more strength. Thank you for your love and support.