Music for the Soul

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Welcome Guest Blogger, Kenneth Godfrey

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Kenneth Godfrey

While I was the pastor at Graysville United Methodist Church in the Chattanooga, TN area, early one Saturday morning I received a phone call.

“Dad is in the hospital for observation and a few tests,” Murphy’s daughter said. “Nothing serious, but I wanted to let you know.”

I usually didn’t visit the hospital on Saturdays because I reserved that day for my family.  Since Murphy’s condition is not serious, I thought, I will go on Monday.

Suddenly an urging came from the Holy Spirit not to delay the trip, but to do it today. That afternoon while my family napped, I made the half hour ride to visit Murphy.

“Preacher, you didn’t have to come down here today,” Murphy commented when I arrived.  “I’m just here for observation and a few tests. I’ll probably go home in the morning.”

We had a delightful visit. Upon leaving, as I walked down the hall, I commented out loud, “What was that sense of urgency all about?”

Sunday morning after the worship service, everyone had left the sanctuary.  I locked the front door and was gathering my sermon and Bible when I heard the front door unlock and open. Tom, the Lay Leader, stepped inside.  By the shock on Tom’s face I could tell something was wrong.

“Ken,” he said with a quiver in his voice, “Murphy had a heart attack a few minutes ago. He’s gone.”

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Immediately I understood the sense of urgency. If I had not visited Murphy on Saturday, Monday would have been too late. Thank you, Father, I whispered, for leading me.

When we listen, the Holy Spirit will lead us. Maybe he will lead us to visit, or call, or write an e-mail or a text. Maybe he will lead us to trust him more. Maybe he will lead us in a new path.

Paul affirms in his letter to the Romans that God leads us, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” (Romans 8:14 NIV)

In 1745 William Williams also said it beautifully in his hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.”

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Jonathan Godfrey

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but Thou art mighty,

Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand.

Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,

Feed me till I want no more;

Feed me till I want no more.

 

Open now the crystal fountain,

Whence the healing stream doth flow;

Let the fire and cloudy pillar

Lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliv’rer, strong Deliv’rer,

Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;

Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

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When I tread the verge of Jordan,

Bid my anxious fears subside;

Death of death and hell’s Destruction,

Land me safe on Canaan’s side.

Songs of praises, songs of praises,

I will ever give to Thee;

I will ever give to Thee.

 

May we ever listen and follow Him.

 

Ken

3 thoughts on “Music for the Soul

  1. Very timely. I am just finishing Priscilla Shirer’s Bible study on discerning God’s voice. A heart bent on obeying is likely to hear more.

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