Encouragement From The Word

A Psalm about Self

There’s a little book of creative writing that was written by Joe Bayly, and compiled after he died.  It’s called Psalms of My Life, and as we start a new year of Encouragement, I’d like to share one of Bayly’s pieces, called “A Psalm about Self”.  See if you can find anything in here that might help you start your 2019 right.

Lord save me
from myself
my settled self
unsettle me
bring to end of rope
but only
if you
are at the end.

My procrastinating self
that can so easy find
side roads
that are more interesting
even ones where
errands can be run.

Send me back
to
my comfort loving self
uncomfort me
pull the covers from me
on cold night
that I may
wake.  Starve my body
that my soul may feast.

My proud self.

Give me grace to bend myself
And keep me bent
lest you should
one day
bend me to the breaking point.
My righteous self
show me sin
that lurks beneath
my conscious thought
motivating
that pushes me
to settling
comfort pride
and self
rationalizing self
that finds excuse
for what I do
and don’t.

Save me from myself
Save me so that
self may die
and save me
from pride

that self is dead.

Joseph Bayly, Psalms of My Life:  Daily Reflections on Newspapers, Wild Flowers, New Jobs, Hotel Rooms, Birthdays, and other Nitty Gritties of Life (Weston, ON:  David C. Cook, 1987), 16-17.

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11.2, NLT).

Biblical Messages

A voice in the wilderness

In Advent, it’s normal for one Sunday to be dedicated to the story of John the Baptist.  Since we’ve begun a series in the Gospel of John, we’ve continued in that tradition, but at a different time.  We’ll see more of John the Baptist yet, but for now, we learn something of what our responsibility is – even at Christmas – through John the Baptist’s testimony.  Listen to, or watch, this message based on John 1.19-28 below.  (The song with which we closed the service was the old hymn May the mind of Christ, my Saviour.)

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