Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to God the Creator triumphantly raise!
As we give thanks to the One who fashioned and made us, we thank Him for the miracle of new life. We praise Him for the 500 out of 600 babies born each month in the Karawa health zone who DO live past their first week of life. We praise Him for the Helping Babies Breathe training that a team of doctors just completed, and the promise of many saved lives as this training is spread throughout the system. We rejoice with the parents of the baby, born a few weeks ago by C-section, who was not breathing at birth but began to breathe when Dr. Eddy applied the training he had just received.
As we give thanks to the One who has protected and stayed us, we thank Him for His Church in Congo, that has grown in spirit and in number throughout the nightmare of wars and fighting. We praise Him for His protection, often miraculous, of our brothers and sisters there. And we praise Him that He is even able to use the loss of life – of Paul Carlson 64 years ago this weekend – and many, many Congolese – to teach us the value of life, to teach us that this world cannot be our home, but that our home can only be in Christ.
As we give thanks to the One who guides us and leads to the end of our days, we thank Him that He will be with us as we move through a period of transition, that He will help President Mboka in his continued leadership of the Covenant Church in Congo, and that He will guide us to the right person to replace Byron as PCP director, and give us wisdom as we continue our ministry in Congo.
His light goes before us. And in His light we lift our voices with our jubilant brothers and sisters in Congo, who praise Him out of a depth of reliance on Him, and unite in thanksgiving; to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!
This reflection was offered by our colleague Ryan Einfeldt in Thanksgiving chapel at the ECC offices yesterday. The hymn he based it on (musician that he is) is “Let All Things Now Living,” by Katherine K. Davis, sung to the old Welsh tune “Ash Grove” (no. 59 in The Covenant Hymnal: A Worshipbook).
SAJ 22 Nov 2012