The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Second Verse

"Before our Father's throne, we pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares" John Fawcett 1782....

As Fawcett began his famous song that was later put to music by George Nageli and arranged by Lowell Mason, he said that the tie that binds our hearts is Christian love and unity. How this love manifests itself is reflected in the remaining verses. We have the great and wonderful privilege of nearing God's throne through prayer. It is a privilege accompanied by great blessings. Verse two of Fawcett's song depicts this prayer in reverential tones. It is to be poured (frequently) and also to be ardent. (intense)...This prayer is certainly a perk of the tie that binds and serves to strengthen that tie. Fawcett even reminds us of what this outpouring should entail. "Our fears, our hopes, our aims, our comforts, our cares....." As fellow heirs with our Christian friends, we have similar hopes and concerns. Some are simply about being human as we pray about our health, well-being, and just life in general. But because we are Christians, what we share goes much deeper. We share the hope of eternal life because we are partakers of the same divine nature. We share God's grace and peace along with his wonderful, great, and precious promises. These fantastic shared experiences are enhanced by God's spiritual blessings. Through our ardent prayer life, the ties that bind are made stronger and stronger...Fawcett got it right again....

Have a great start to your week....Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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