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My takeaway from Ray’s sermon on Sunday was this: Live in the moment. Trust God with the past and the future. Don’t let the past or the future take away your joy. Live! Now! Right now!

The scenes of our lives change. We welcome some changes. Other changes are most unwelcome. I’ve shared the last verse of “My Jesus, As Thou Wilt” with you before. Today I am sharing the other verses, too. In between these lines that Benjamin Schmolck (from Poland) wrote around 1704 and Jane Borthwick (from Scotland) translated in 1854 are photos taken all on one day during our trip to a wedding in Idaho a few weeks ago.

That day was full of beautiful welcome changes. The Creator whose hand is evident in all of those changing scenes loves us and is doing good for us even when the changes are not welcome ones.

Over the Great Salt Lake

My Jesus, as Thou wilt!
O may Thy will be mine;

Over Utah

into Thy hand of love
I would my all resign.

Rexburg, Idaho

Through sorrow, or through joy,
conduct me as Thine own;


and help me still to say,
“My Lord, Thy will be done.”


My Jesus, as Thou wilt!
If needy here and poor,


give me Thy people’s bread,
their portion rich and sure.


The manna of Thy Word
let my soul feed upon;


and if all else should fail,
my Lord, Thy will be done.


My Jesus, as Thou wilt!
Though seen through many a tear,


let not my star of hope
grow dim or disappear.

Heading into Teton Pass on the border between Idaho and Wyoming

Since Thou on earth hast wept,
and sorrowed oft alone,

Teton Pass

if I must weep with Thee,
my Lord, Thy will be done.


My Jesus, as Thou wilt!
All shall be well for me;


each changing future scene
I gladly trust with Thee.


Straight to my home above
I travel calmly on,

Sunset over the Teton Mountains from Jackson Hole

and sing, in life or death,
“My Lord, Thy will be done.”

On the night before He died for us, Jesus asked God to change what was about to happen, but He accepted God’s answer completely:

“My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it,
Your will be done.”
Matthew 26:42

And so with faith we accept God’s will, knowing that it is superior to our own.

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

And so we live now, right now, as we rest in His loving care:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you at the proper time,
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7




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