Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Days Gone By

As I was looking through some old pictures, I could hardly believe how quickly autumn came and went! We enjoyed beautiful weather and falling leaves, even though winter came a little prematurely with a snowfall in October this year. Here are a few pictures from the passing season--and a Psalm of Moses for reflection, and for reminding us that our God is from everlasting to everlasting... and our sins are ever before Him... but through His great mercy, we can sing and be glad! 

See me? I'm in the red coat, turned to the side.

Lord, you have been our help, generation after generation.
Before the mountains were born, before you birthed the earth and the world--
From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.
You tell us to return to what we were; you change us back to dust.
A thousand years to you are like one day; 
They are like yesterday, already gone.

You put our sins right in front of you, 
Our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
Seventy years is all we have--eighty years, if we are strong;
Yet all they bring us is trouble and sorrow; life is soon over, and we fly away.
Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
The honor that is due you corresponds to your wrath.
Teach us to number our days so we may become wise.

Fill us full every morning with Thy mercy, 
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Let your servants see your mighty deeds;
Let their descendants see your glorious might.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.

(a selection of Psalm 90 from various translations)