I should be packing but am taking a tiny break to quickly write this. It's amazing the things that you come across when you sort your house out for packing. We seem to have ridiculous things stored in our loft, i've no idea why! Anyway, amongst some old children's books i found this little story, which i happen to rather like. It goes as follows:
'Guess what, God? I know what Hallelujah means. It means, "Praise the Lord!"
And when i praise you, God, I tell you how wonderful you are.
Do you like it when people say nice things about you? I think you must. Because i like it when people say nice things about me. Like yesterday, when i brought my picture of a sun and a tree and a kangaroo home to my Mum. She hung it on the refrigerator door and said, "That's a beautiful painting!" She praised me.
And i can praise you too, God. Just look at all the things you made. The whole world is full of them.... big animals and little animals. Animals for the land and fish for the sea. So many i can't even count them all.
You must really be clever! You can do so many things! You make the rain fall and the sun shine, so that the plants grow and we have food to eat.
I can praise you, too, God - just for being you. For sticking by me, and never changing. For filling the whold world with your love that never ever stops.
But how can i show you how i feel, God? By talking to you as i am now? By singing? By shouting? By clapping? Can i praise you by making music for you to hear? Like clang! Twee-eet! BOOM! Jingle, jangle, clap! Does that say "i love you, God"?
When i think about you, God, i get so happy. It's like a beautiful bubble inside me blowing bigger and BIGGER until it just wants to burst. I feel like yelling, "Come on, you whole big world! Tell God how wonderful he is!"
- by Elspeth Campbell -
There is so much to thank God for...... and as i leave Worthing i thank Him for my life here and all He's been to me..... i've been so well looked after and cared for and am so grateful for that. Recently i've been really blessed by people at church too and appreciate it greatly and am thankful for it. I read Psalm 100 earlier and seeing as this is my hundreth post i want to quote it:
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
It is true - God is good and His love and faithfulness endures forever. If i had time i would attempt to make this all sound less cringe worthy, but i don't, and maybe that's a good thing; what does it matter what it sounds like, if it's true.