Teach me to go slow

Published 7:42 pm Wednesday, October 7, 2009

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Establish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach, which I fear : for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope” (Psalm 119:33-49).

Thought for the week: “Teach Me To Go Slow”

“Teach me to go slow, Lord, and learn to wait on You — don’t let me jump ahead while wondering what to do. Teach me to go slow, Lord, each promise You’ll fulfill — You answer in your time, and in Your perfect will. Teach me to go slow, Lord, and calm my anxious heart; keep my eyes on You, and don’t let the teardrops start. Teach me to go slow, Lord, reach out and take my hand — for I am deeply troubled, and just don’t understand. Teach me to go slow, Lord, take one day at a time — don’t let me fall, but lead me on to peaceful heights sublime. Teach me to go slow, Lord, please work this out for me — when all is right once more, let me give praise to Thee. Teach me to go slow, Lord, and help me see above this dark cloud till I can gaze… into Your face of love.”

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Maplesville will hold early morning service Sunday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. The Rev. L. C. Young will bring the morning message. All community ministers and churches are invited.

Worship service at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with praise service led by the senior choir with Julian Lowery as musician. Songs sung included, “Glory, Glory,” “I Love the Lord” and “I’m Blessed.” The scripture was read by Perry Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes, Bro. George Brown and Min. Kevin Nunn.

The morning message was given by Pastor Dukes. His theme was “Are You Healed and Whole?”

We must all go through a storm to keep us humble. Storms keep you useable but sometimes storms come from decisions you make. Ten men with leprosy went looking for Jesus. When everyone has a problem, they are all on the same level.

Don’t isolate people and make it hard for them to get better. The leprosy represented sin; they shouted, “I am unclean!” We all have a need to be healed and made whole. We must come to Jesus.

When you see him, you have to come; don’t let your lifestyle stop you from asking for mercy. We need compassion. Don’t forget Jesus; thank him and be real with him.

Come back and fall at Jesus’ feet and worship him. Stay with Jesus; he will make you whole. Have a genuine love for all things God has done for you; don’t be satisfied with just feeling good. Instead, seek Jesus and be made whole.

Our sympathy goes out to the families of Mrs. Annie Nix Cofield of Montgomery, formerly of (Campbell Settlement) and Mr. Jones Pelham Sr.

Services for Mrs. Cofield will be held Saturday in Montgomery. Mr. Pelham’s arrangements are incomplete at this time.

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Joseph McCall, Stanley Garrison, Lee Anna Worthey, Pinkie Nix and Minnie Floyd. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.

–Emily Agee’s column appears each Thursday.