Bread of Heaven

This is one of my favourite hymns. It was written by William Williams (1717-1791):-

Guide me, O though great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but though art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand,
Bread of  heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.

In this hymn we are acknowledging that our Father God and the Holy Spirit willingly supply us with everything that we need – if we will allow them to do so.

For Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you”.

Statistically, the number of people attending church each Sunday is seriously declining.

This may be the fault, in part, at least, of the Ministers, Deacons and lay preachers of every religious denomination but it cannot be denied that now that our Sabbath day (Sunday) is becoming less and less sacred and less and less holy, many people find an excuse not to go to church because, for example, they prefer to watch a football match!

We have allowed our churches to become empty because the world has taken its focus away from the Word of God and we are not being obedient to reading His word and teaching our children the ways of the Lord

And one Minister, who is a good friend of mine, even admits that one of his grandchildren ‘can’t’ come to church because he is in a football team who practice every Sunday morning!

We need to be baptised by the Holy Spirit, so that we can worship in Spirit and in truth. The church fire has been dimmed and will go out. The fire of God needs to come down upon each one of us so that we can once again put God first in our lives. The bible says in Matthew 6:33:-

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church) in the eighteenth century often preached at outdoor meetings when many thousands of people gathered to listen to what he had to day – and many of those people had walked miles and miles to get to the place where Wesley was preaching.

How many people would be prepared to walk 10+ miles to church every Sunday? Very few I would expect!

God will never leave, nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31: 6) but he is very disappointed when we ignore Him because we cannot find time to attend Church on Sunday and seldom talk to Him in prayer.

In my humble experience, God always listens to my prayers and, on many occasions, He will answer them in a positive way.

And I am sure that He will listen to your prayers too. You just need to set aside some time every day, no matter how busy you may be.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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