Thought from the band – Dorothy Neil

Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing testimonies and devotions from some of our band members.
Today it’s my turn to share devotions with you again (Dorothy Neil).
Over the last few months several of my work colleagues have retired. For each there will be lasting memories of the time I’ve spent working with them – some for more years that I’d like to admit to! When someone we retires from work, particularly if they have worked in the same company or organisation for a number of years, they will have made a lasting impression on those they have worked with over the years.
 
Having celebrated the latest retirement recently, it got me thinking about how I would be remembered when I retire. That in turn got me thinking about who I am, not as an IT professional, or work colleagues, but as a Christian, and a soldier in the Salvation Army. What if it was my ‘retirement’ from being a soldier of the Salvation Army, would I be celebrating my service to God, confident I had served Him well all my life?
 
This is a very tough question, and an even tougher one to answer honestly! I could tell you that I have served God as well as I possibly could and done everything He’s asked of me, but I’m afraid that would not be the truth. I have done things in my life that I am not proud of; I’ve done some things in my life that gone against God’s plan for me; and I’ve said and done some things which I am ashamed of.
 
However, I am so thankful to God that despite all of this, He has forgiven me of all my sins, because He still loves me, and cares for me, and wants me to love Him.
 
How about you – If it were your ‘retirement’ today, would you be celebrating your service to God, confident that you had served Him well, all your life?
 
Whether your answer is positive or negative, rejoice, because God still loves you, and will always love you no matter what you may have done in your life. He knows our past, lives with us in the present and has planned our future for us. He hears our every prayer and provides all we need to serve him just where he needs us.
 
Philippians 4:19 (The Passion Translation)
I am convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ!
 
For the last few days I’ve had the words and melody of the beautiful song ‘His Provision‘ (John Gowans/Ivor Bosanko) going through my head a lot. They remind me that even during those times when it might seem I’ve failed God, He still loves me and provides just what I, because He still cares.
 
At the moment of my weakness,
When my need for pow’r is plain,
And my own strength is exhausted once again,
Then my Lord has made provision
For the day of my despair,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
Then my Lord has made provision
For the day of my despair,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.
Chorus
Holy Spirit! Promised Presence fall on me.
Holy Spirit! Make me all I long to be.
Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit!
Give your pow’r to me,
O Holy Spirit.
When the darkness falls around me,
When bewildered and afraid,
When I feel the most deserted and betrayed,
Then my ev’ry need is answered
By God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
Then my ev’ry need in answered
BY God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.
Nothing now can rob God’s servant
Of the peace that He bequeaths,
Nothing take away the strength His presence breathes,
Of the everlasting arms of love I’m daily made aware,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
of the everlasting arms of love I’m daily made aware,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.
The words of this song are so reassuring. I hope you will also find reassurance in these words, that God will always provide just what you need, at just the right time..
Dorothy Neil

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