Time to Refocus

The Christian Hymn “How Great Thou Art” originated from a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859–1940) in 1885. Later, it was translated into German in 1907, to Russian in 1912, and in 1925 into English. Some of the verses seem especially appropriate for the Lenten season.

Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.
I see the stars I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

And when I think of God, His son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing He bled and died to take away my sin

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow with humble adoration and then proclaim My God how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul My Savior, God, to Thee, how great thou art, how great thou art.
Then sings my soul My Savior, God, to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art.

How great Thou art, how great Thou art...

Whether you like this hymn or not, this song gives adoration to the wonderful and mighty things God has provided, yet there is none greater than the life and later sacrifice and resurrection of his one and only son, Jesus Christ. He died for our sins alone, that we might be forgiven and have eternal life.

We all have witnessed the wonderful gifts of God and the power that He possesses. And living in Colorado, each one of us has literally experienced those mountain top experiences from a real mountain. We are blessed to have one of God’s big beautiful playgrounds always in our west view. Let us give daily pause and prayer for all God has provided.

As we begin this season of Lent, intentionally take some times to reflect and pray on your individual purpose and restore and strengthen your identification with God. God is the Great and Almighty One who brings mercy and grace unto us as a result of His unconditional love for us. Let us give thanks and praise.

Oh God, you have created so many amazing wonders. We give thanks to you for your love for us, the many bountiful gifts you have provided and ultimately the priceless gift of eternal life for all who seek your name. During this season of Lent, help us refocus our lives, practice humility, and draw closer to you. Amen.

Wendy Saathoff

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