Devotional for 11-18-2002

Blest Be The Tie That Binds

Author: John Fawcett

Scripture: Hosea 11:4

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.

Hymn lyrics:
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other's woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we assunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.

Today's thoughts:
It is amazing how a tragedy or crisis draws people together--reaching out to the ones in distress. Food is brought in, and offers are made to sit with the lonely. Tears are shed together and prayers are said.. Prayer chains are formed, bringing complete strangers together. And we are made stonger as We share each other's woes, Our mutual burdens bear.

Link to MIDI file for Blest Be The Tie That Binds

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