Day 9 | Simplicity


Simplicity is something I’ve been striving for for the past few years. Life has gotten in the way, but since our cross-country move, I’ve been able to simplify more because our life circumstances are more stable.

However, regardless of the state of life’s stability, simplicity is ultimately a state of mind and a communion with God. I want to have the same connectivity to God whether I’m teaching, or cleaning, or cooking, or running. I want to feel the same presence whether I’m in the car driving to work, or worshiping in church.

A song that captures simplicity in my faith isĀ How Great Thou Art. It brings me back to the basis of all of this and reminds me that the simple things are the most important.

O 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.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

And when I think, that 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, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

Day 8 | Faith

Prompt: Song, “Prayer of Thomas Merton”

This song’s lyrics call out some of the questions and uncertainties surrounding faith. It talks about how desiring to please God is in fact pleasing to Him. It also talks about how He won’t leave us alone while we go through perils.

The fact is, bad things happen. Inexplicable things happen. We can’t possibly have so much pride as humankind that we know the answers to why things happen. When bad things happen, we can still have faith. It may mean that we question things, or struggle in our hearts, but just because we doubt or question doesn’t mean we’ve lost our faith.