One wretched sinner, saved by grace Through Christ the Son Who took my place Once dead in sin, a guilty man Until I met the Great I AM He knows the number of my days Discerns my thoughts, sees all my ways Sealed with the Spirit – guaranteed O Praise His name! How can this be? His way, His path, His narrow road My life’s journey will yet unfold And when “God help me!” is my cry My Sovereign knows, He’s not surprised Though dark and desperate days find me I’ll fix my hope on Calvary For Sin and Death cannot prevail When Christ, the Cure, has made me well
Behind the lines
This song, and the idea behind the GraceSyllables blog, was inspired because of how God worked through Tom Carpenter’s life and his final days with terminal cancer. Tom passed away February 16, 2010 at the age of 51. You may learn more here along with the compelling words he wrote before he died.
I think you will find humor, yet be humbled by his words. May we never forget what Christ has done, and what He went through on our behalf in taking the punishment we deserve.
“For those of you who have ever been in a hospital for any extended period of time, you quickly learn that there is little opportunity for modesty. I have not worn a diaper for a few decades, but, regrettably this has become part of my new normal routine, since my recent difficulties have overtaken me. I have learned to get over whatever humiliation this has caused me, however, in pretty short order, present circumstances dictate, that this is my situation. I hope this will soon change. It’s funny, not really so funny, but I find myself asking God to just let me keep my diaper clean for a while. Right now I am involved in the titanic struggle to ward off the bedsore. If we try we can find some humor even in difficult times.
However, I am also reminded that our Lord and Savior, before He was ultimately crucified was afforded no dignity and was humiliated in all kinds of ways. We all know the barbaric and inhumane acts that He was subjected to. He was not even regarded as a human being. He was stripped of everything. He wasn’t even afforded the ability to cover Himself. So whatever brief indignity I may be subject to, simply because I at the moment may not be able to take proper care of myself is of no consequence.
When Christ was pushed, pulled and dragged to that place of sacrifice He had no dignity, no earthly dignity, but He did have the dignity of His Father and the Holy Spirit and it was the supernatural dignity that covered Him and honored Him, even as He suffered and died naked on that horrific cross.
So whatever brief embarrassment or humility we may encounter in this life, is of not much consequence when we truly meditate on what Christ went through on our behalf.
May you all be richly blessed as I have been and continue to be.”
When launching this blog with “why I started writing lyrics,” Ireferenced three CaringBridge posts by Tom Carpenter (who wrote them days before he died). Below is the second of three from Tom. To read His first post click here.
I hope you’ll consider Tom’s words as “time well spent” because they are a great reminder for us. May we not waste the time God has blessed us with.
“For we are wonderfully and fearfully made. God knit us together in the midst of our mothers’ womb. God knew the unique blend of our individual DNA. God knew everything about us before we were ever even thought of. I am thankful God allowed me to be born.
I am also thankful for the time God has blessed me with. Time, however, is something I have often squandered in my life. There have been so many instances where I have not used time wisely. For the most part, I took time, a precious gift of God and used it selfishly to my own frivolous ends and purposes. God forgive me. None of us know how much time God will give us. What I have often failed to realize is that it is not my time at all. Time, like everything in this life, belongs to God. Of course, God is mindful of the time we must dedicate to our families and our livelihoods. God does not begrudge us time to take pleasure in this life He gives us.
Ultimately, however, we must realize that time in the here and now is finite. So let us spend more time with God. Then, however many seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years God may give us, that time will be blessed and not wasted.”
Are you over scheduled? When do you spend time with God? Are you an early morning, or late-at-night person? What can you adjust in your daily routine so you can spend more time praying and meditating on God’s Holy Word?