Tonight it is my turn to do the devotions in our band practice, so I thought I’d share with you the devotions I will be sharing with the band tonight:
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe we’re now more than half way through November! It’s been one very quick year, however it’s certainly been a year I will never forget after the death of first my Dad in February, Aunt Mae (Mum’s sister) in April and since I wrote these devotions, my Aunt Mabel (Dad’s sister) died on Sunday.
Yes, it’s been a very tough year, but it’s also been a year that has challenged spiritually – My Dad did not believe in God, while my Aunt Mae was a true Christian lady, a lifelong Salvationist. Therefore I found myself thinking about the afterlife, my faith and the promises I’d made to God, and in turn asked myself the following questions:
- Had I done all I could to share my faith with Dad?
- Did he find God in his final days when he was no longer able to communicate with us?
- Am I doing all I could to share my faith with others, especially those I love and care about?
- Is my own faith what it ought to be?
My Aunt Mae’s faith, even when her dementia meant she no longer recognised us or was violent towards us, still shone through as she still talked about the Army, and asked what was happening at Rutherglen, who was bandmaster, and the strange one, was the carpet in the hall ok?! She talked of people who had long since been promoted to glory, but couldn’t remember what day of the week it was…having attended the Army all her days, it seemed the Army and all it meant to her was the small part of her she never lost when her dementia took over her personality.
There’s one song O Jesus I have promised to serve thee to the end, has become particularly special to me this year, not just because it was one of my Aunt Mae’s favourites and reminds me of her faith right up to the end, but because it has challenged me to reflect on my own faith.
So whenever we play Guardian of My Soul which features this song, I find it very emotional as it stirs up so many memories for me, as well as reminding me of the promises, I like my Aunt, have made to serve God all my days.
O Jesus I have promised
To serve thee to the end
Be thou forever near me
My Master and my friend
I shall not fear the battle
If thou art by my side
Nor wander from the pathway
If thou wilt be my guide.
O Jesus, thou hast promised
To all who follow thee,
That where thou art in Glory,
There shall thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my friend.
Each of us here tonight have promised to serve God all our lives.
I’ve been challenged this year to reflect on, and renew my promise to God to serve Him all my life.
How about you, is your promise to serve Him to the end, still as strong today as it once was?