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Goodness
 
A quote from the first verse of the song, “Goodness of God:

“I love you Lord. Your mercy never fails me.
All my days I’ve been held in your hands.
From the moment that I wake up until I lay my head
I will sing of the goodness of the Lord.”
(Written by Jenn Johnson, Brian Johnson, Jason Ingram and Ben Fielding)
 
And from Scripture:

“I am certain that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Psalm 27:13, KJV
 
The Bible doesn't just say that God does good things. It says that God is good. It’s not just what God does, it is who God is and who God is never changes. In his commentary on Psalm 46, Charles Spurgeon wrote that “God is good, not because He causes things that seem or feel “good” to happen in our lives, but because God is always with us in the storms of life that come our way.”
 
All of this is well and good. Let me add a personal dimension, praying as I do, that you can identify with what I am saying and find the thread of God’s goodness in your life. Trust me, it’s there. I am on the “other side” of 80. Where have the years gone?
 
I am grateful for so many things. Things scattered out in my life, some at the edge of memory, others as close as now. Each one is an experience of grace, goodness; the time when help arrived, when an answer appeared, when a healing took place. There are so many things like that over the years; things I can never explain, but just be grateful for and amazed that God’s mercy could find me; humbled by the love that pulled me back or pushed me forward, that corrected my path or changed my mind. God’s goodness has appeared over and over in my life, in many different ways. It is always the same love, the same source, unmistakable and trusted. That gentle rhythm of compassion, the goodness of the Lord, is scattered throughout my life, for which I will be forever grateful.
 
And as we come to know the goodness of God in our lives, we are to echo that same goodness through the core of our being. Worshiping a good God, we are to grow in that same goodness, bearing fruit that is good to others (Matt 7:17-18) and speaks of the self-same God that we have come to know.
The Rev. Dick Elwood
Pastoral Associate
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