Saturday, September 06, 2008

FORUM - Evidence of Grace in the days of mud and rain

Rosemary Grier observes:
"What I'll remember this Forum for, more than John Piper's Bible preaching, the big top worship, the workshop I led or the joys of going into it on the back of a week of Relay training conference;
what I'll remember this Forum for is the joyful Spirit-ful gospel response of the students to their circumstances.
Their neighbours' tent flooded: they serve them and clean up for them. They haven't grumbled or grown bitter. They've got on with joyfully receiving the word which is able to save their souls, and humbly serving each other. They may have bad nights of sleep but they refocus on their Saviour in the morning, praise Him, and love each other.
Why? Do they not have rights? They've paid to come to this conference!
The answer comes in the song that's now started to ascend from the impromptu Welsh-led quartet beneath my window, whose numbers seem to have swelled: "And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour's blood? ... 'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore!" We have nothing of which to complain."

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