Monday, June 25, 2007

In The Evening

In the evening when the outside world feels so distant from where we sit, I count my blessings one by one....its easy to do this in the silent glow of the lamplight or of the candle burning in the window.
Earlier tonight Emery took me out shopping to see if I wanted to buy a few new pieces of furniture for the living room. Sort of make things match a bit more. But we came home with just contented smiles on our faces, thinking about how just a year ago we purchased a new sofa and chair, our old ones were indeed old. 1988 or something like that was when we got them and raised 4 children with them. Now, just a year later, these new pieces don't seem new and so it would be in no time at all for something purchased today. I decided that it might just be better to buy something old and worn, with a bit of history whispered into it, rather than something new. So we will keep that in mind when we stop at a thrift store or an antique shop, or better yet, maybe Emery will make something for me.
In the evening, when the candle light flickers, its hard to notice that the furniture doesn't match or look like it even tried to match.
I love the evenings, not because of how things look better in the dim light, but because that quiet contentment fills me and I am so content to just count my blessings one by one.
Count Your Blessings
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings.
Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


Aunt Jenny said...

One of my favorite hymns..and good words to live by for sure.

2 LMZ FARMS said...

We sung that hymn Sunday in church. Oh, how I needed to hear those words. I have been dwelling on things that i don't have instead of counting my blessings on what I do have. I hope things are doing fine for you and yours and I hope Melanie is doing fine. Have a good one.

Patty said...

It is a great old hymn and written in a time when so many hardships were daily occurances.

Rondi said...

Yes, a beautiful hymn.

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