Pressing Forward

Recently, with another big birthday, I have been encouraged to reminisce. Perhaps I have thought about the past too much, but I may not have too much future. I suppose that could be said of us all, irrespective of age, especially in these difficult times.

In the Bible we are encouraged to put the past behind us and press forward "to the mark of our high calling”. Perhaps this refers to past mistakes.

As many of you will know, I am very interested in recollecting hymns that express my thoughts and aspirations. Hymn 155 in our green hymn book came to mind. "Lord, who Thyself hast bidden us to pray for daily bread.” The words of verses 4 and 5 are:

We could not bear to hear complete the tale,
    If it were told;
Enough to know Thy mercies cannot fail,
    Nor love grow cold.

So, day by day, Thy never-failing love
    Our soul shall stay;
So let us be content Thy love to prove,
    Each passing day.

Both the words and music were written by an Anglican priest called George Wallace Briggs, who lived from 1875 to 1959.

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