Happy “Spiritual Birthday”to Me

Today is my “spiritual birthday” ~ 38 years ago today, I emerged from the darkest and most difficult period in my life and found Jesus reaching out His nail pierced hands to receive me and to give me His peace {Jn. 14:27} and His rest {Matt. 11:28-40}. 38 years ago today I stopped wrestling with the Lord and instead, I began to cling to Him—and I have clung to Him everyday since.  38 years ago today, I received Jesus as my Savior and made Him the Lord of my life. 38 years ago today (on a Saturday night at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and in the company of my brothers LD &DJ), I received the assurance that my sins were forgiven and my name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

My heart overflows with gratitude for all that God has done for me in the days, weeks, months and years since. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord, to me…and to mine! The hymn below is an anthem of sorts for me—and it expresses my gratitude on this day, and every day.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father                                                                       There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not.
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided —
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!                                                                     (Thomas Chisholm)

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