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Monday Meditations: A Prayer for “Homes Built Firm upon the Saviour”

on March 24, 2014

ImageYesterday, Dave preached on how the local church (and family members) are to care for their own church’s (godly) widows. 1Timothy 5 makes it clear that doing so is pleasing to God and exemplifies godliness. To neglect to do so shows that one has “denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (v 8).

We ended our service with a hymn of response to God, a prayer for “homes built firm upon the Saviour.” I was very moved by the text and the prayer echoes my own. Here is the text, authored by Barbara Hunt (sung to the melody Finlandia/ “Be Still My Soul”):

O give us homes built firm upon the Saviour,

Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;

Where ev’ry child is taught His love and favor

And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:

How sweet to know that tho’ his footsteps waver

His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

 

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,

Who always place their hope and trust in Him;

Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,

Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;

A home where each finds joy in serving others,

And love still shines, tho’ days be dark and grim.

 

O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,

The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;

Where prayer comes first in peace or in disaster,

And praise is natural speech to ev’ry tongue;

Where mountains move before a faith that’s vaster,

And Christ sufficient is for old and young.

 

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!

We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;

Their bonds of love no enemy can sever

If Thou art always Lord and Master there:

Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:

Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

 

{On Mondays, I share some thoughts from my pastor’s (husband’s) sermon on Sunday. This will be good for me, as it will help cement God’s truths in my head and heart. I hope these truths will encourage and challenge you! If you’re interested in hearing a particular sermon, you can head here to listen.}

 

 

 

 

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