Abounding in Love and Faithfulness
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6 NIV
I first heard that the Lord “abounded in love and faithfulness” from my grandmother, Dorothy Clay Watson, aka “Grandmummy”.
She has gone to glory, but her own faithful declaration of the constant affection of the Lord for me built a solid foundation for my soul.
Every time I stayed overnight at her house, my Grandmummy walked with me up the creaky stairs to the spare bedroom. She paused at the landing to retrieve a silver candlestick with a candle stub that she would light. This magical ritual culminated in our kneeling by the bed to sing songs as a nighttime benediction by candlelight.
Recently, I crooned one of these holy songs to my own infant granddaughter as I rocked her by the crib before putting her to bed:
Jesus loves me — this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong
Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so
(Original poem by Anna Barlett Warner, Hymn by William Batchelder Bradbury)
The faithfulness of God is yours and mine from our birth to our present moment.
My eyes with the clarity of heavenly sight look back and see He has kept his pledge to love me always. He has protected, re-directed, and placed strategic people in my life.
Can you see the evidence of His faithfulness to you?
May we “pay it forward” by proclaiming to others the wonder of our dependable, steadfast God who loves us forever.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning. Great is your faithfulness, Oh Lord. ©1974, 1975 Celebration / Written by Edith McNeill