Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Thankful

I have been particularly mindful in recent days of how the Lord has grown me in the course of this fall semester. As the semester approaches a seemingly abrupt halt, I find myself overwhelmed by the refinement that has taken place in my heart and the renewing of my mind. My boyfriend and I had a conversation about this very this past Sunday over lunch, discussing with one another what the Lord has done in our lives and how we have seen Him growing the other. We both came to the sweet, very humbling, realization of just how thankful we are. How often we take things for granted. I have been more mindful than ever before of how good the Lord is, how undeserving I am, and how so many things have so evidently fit together in this plan He has already set in place for my life. Tonight, we found ourselves talking of such thanks again as we were driving around town in his car and listening to a beloved Caedmon's Call song. So I will leave you on that note as I return to my final research paper of the semester.

You know I ran across an old box of letters
While I was bagging up some clothes for Goodwill
But you know I had to laugh at the same old struggles
That plagued me then are plaguing me still
I know the road is long from the ground to glory
But a boy can hope he's getting some place
But you see, I'm running from the very clothes I'm wearing
And dressed like this I'm fit for the chase
'Cause no, there is none righteous
Not one who understands
There is none who seek God
No not one, I said no not one
So I am thankful that I'm incapable
Of doing any good on my own
'Cause we're all stillborn and dead in our transgressions
We're shackled up to the sin we hold so dear
So what part can I play in the work of redemption
I can't refuse, I cannot add a thing
'Cause I am just like Lazarus and I can hear your voice
I stand and rub my eyes and walk to You
Because I have no choice
I am thankful that I'm incapable
Of doing any good on my own
I'm so thankful that I'm incapable
Of doing any good on my own
'Cause by grace I have been saved
Through faith that's not my own
It is a gift of God and not by works
Lest anyone should boast

7 comments:

Sarah said...

I dont' know you--I found your blog on Gretchen's....but I just wanted to say that I was listening to this very song the other day and was humbled again by the fact that God continues to give us chances, no matter how many times we run back to the same foolish sin of the past. Our growth is all because of Him and His saving grace in our lives! How awesome to know that!

Gretchen said...

Hey, Glory and Grace (is your name Grace?). . . This is Gretchen. We are going to move into Fuller Hall on campus in January. Do you live on Campus? Shall I meet you at the laundry facilities? :)

Great blog. It doesn't have to be flashy to be really good. :) I also really like the picture you are using as your photo.

Nice to meet you!

GloryandGrace said...

Gretchen,

No my name isn't Grace :) I actually don't live on campus, although I spent my first year in the Grinstead apartments. I'm in my third semester, and I actually live right behind the school. I found this great converted house and live in the second floor apartment. Four girls I know live below me, and then there's also an efficiency apartment above me where a former Southern student lives.

We'll definitely need to keep in touch as your move approaches and meet up when you get here. I'm glad we've crossed paths!

GloryandGrace said...

Sarah,

Thanks for the comment on the song! It's one of those I hadn't heard in forever, and it couldn't have come at a better time to hear again.

Do you have a blog?

Sarah said...

"G & G"-- God uses music, I think, at times when we need to hear a message for that moment in our lives. Just like Scripture--I will come across a verse or hear one that just hits where I need it to hit!
Yes, I have a blog. It is all about the toddlers in my life (I have a boring life.) :-)
Good luck in school--I am jealous you are getting Gretchen in your area--you will love her.

Gretchen said...

I am just now checking back on your blog to see if you responded. Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm glad we've crossed paths, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Panda-Mom said...

I'm thankful for my grownup Geek. ; ) My phone was completey out last week. Sorry, but it was too late to see you once my phone was up and running. In fact, you were already back home. Love.