As I set off on my regular exercise of a daily walk I found myself singing:
‘I am blessed, I am blessed,
Every day of my life I am blessed.
When I wake up in the morning, till I lay my head to rest,
I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed.’
I had not heard this simple song for many years. I used to join my voice with those of the retired members in our church up north when it was my turn on the rota of speakers at their midweek meeting. I recall that, as soon as the names of the regulars had been checked off the register by a very old brother, he would always strike up that song with them.
It all seemed too slow
In those days of my youth I tended to feel that aged saints rendered their songs too slowly. In fact, in my teenage years I received a scribbled note passed to me from an uncle when I had openly invited the congregation to speed up their a capella singing. The note came as a surprise because I had often heard his critical comments at home about how the old ‘presentor’ dragged out every tune at a funereal rate! (And all that was before ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ became a common catchphrase!) Of course, I could preach about the old tale about the hare and the tortoise, but evidently failed to put it into practice!
Meanwhile, I’ll join my prayerful desires with those of Paul:
Let’s ‘run with passion’ . . .
‘I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ had called me to fulfil and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory prize through the anointing of Jesus.’
So Paul wrote in Philippians 3:12-14, The Passion Translation).
. . . but not in competition with each other
Paul continued: ‘So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. And let us all advance together to reach this victorious prize, following one path with one passion.’ (Philippians 3:15-16, TPT).