Sunday, January 4, 2009

Find us Faithful

For Christmas, my mom invested in our marriages. She gifted each of us with a gift certificate to a FamilyLife Marriage Conference. She put a lot of thought into the gift. With it, she read to us a letter from herself. She talked about a date night she had with Dad during their marriage. It was a Steve Green concert. The note to us was personal and cherished so I won't share all that she wrote. At my sister's request, she, mom and I gathered around the piano to sing some Steve Green songs. (My mom and sister can play. I was a piano lesson drop out.)

Dad and Mom sung "Household of Faith" by Steve Green at my wedding and they sang "Children are a Treasure from the Lord" at Traci's so we didn't sing either of those do to the emotional impact they likely would have had. Still, we sang a few others. When we got to "Find us Faithful", it broke me up inside. We had used some of these lyrics at Dad's services. They're good inspiration for our lives. Here they are:

We're pilgrims on the journey of the narrow road
And those who've gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who've gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift though all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

I look forward to the marriage conference. It is a gift for us to leave footprints worthy of following.

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