Dear friends at St. John’s,
I’m sure you’re sorting through many items you may not have looked at in a long time. I found something that really struck me, and I want to share it with you.
My great-grandfather was a Disciples of Christ minister in Boone and Montgomery Counties in Indiana. I found his hymnal and many pages were very worn. One page especially so was entitled “I Look Not Back”. I share the words with you for your reflection:
I look not back, God knows the fruitless efforts,
the wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets.
I leave them all with Him who blots the record
and graciously forgives and then forgets.
I look not forward; God sees all the future,
the road, that’s short or long, will beat me home
and He will face with me its every trial
and bear with me the burdens that may come.
I look not round me, then what fears assail me,
So wild the tumult of Earth’s restless seas
So dark the world, so filled with woe and evil
So vain the hope of comfort and of ease.
But I look up, into the face of Jesus,
For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness
And perfect peace and every hope fulfilled.
God bless you all! Looking forward to seeing you as soon as we can do so in a good and safe way.
Expect an update from us after our Board meets next week.
Rev. Dave Johnston