Thokozani 2015

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-image36277292Remember these beautiful and catchy songs of past years?

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That’s just the thing that there’s just too little of.”

“Let there be peace on earth. Let this be the moment now.”

“I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

Happy songs pull on our heart strings. They make us feel good; for a moment, before reality sets in. The world is not at peace. Not loving. The world does not sing in perfect harmony.

Innocent civilians are victims of terrorist attacks. Helpless children are born of moms and dads both dying of AIDS. They become orphans homeless and hungry wondering alone looking for food and a place to sleep. These are realities of 2015.

But into 2015 comes other songs, life changing songs, lasting songs of love, peace, and harmony.

O I could sing forever
Of Jesus love divine-
Of all His care and tenderness
For this poor life of mine.
His love is in and over all,
And wind and waves obey,
When Jesus whispers, ‘Peace be still!’
And rolls the clouds away.

It’s just like Jesus to roll the clouds away.
It’s just like Jesus to keep me day by day.
It’s just like Jesus all along the way.
It’s just like His great love

It’s Just like His Great Love
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As in other years with tender compassion the Church enters 2015 singing The Servant Song of love, peace and perfect harmony:

Brother, let me be your servant,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey;
We are brothers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ light for you
In the night-time of your fear’
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.
When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

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Sing to the Lord

This is what BFC’s Partnership with Swaziland is, dear friends. Multiply The Servant Song times all the ministries, all the missions, all the programs, all the institutions, books, counseling, services, and selfless giving of all God’s people in all His Churches all around the world. Multiply miniscule times perpetuity and the unfathomable sum is beyond infinity.

You make a difference in 2015. Hold steady. Keep going. When 2016 comes you will look back and know you made a difference. Even more, you will find in giving you have found love, peace, and perfect harmony with God because, “Greater is he that is within you than he that is within the world.” Time passes so quickly. We only have 365 days in 2015 to make the world a better place.

I wish you a Happy New Year

As a matter of fact, the Swazis have given me the name “Thokozani” which means in siSwati, “Be Happy.

Be Happy in 2015.

Thokozani 2015!

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