FOR WEDNESDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 7:2-17
Then Samuel took a rock and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer [Rock of Help] and said, “Until now the LORD has helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12; GOD’S WORD Translation)
Tucked away in the middle verse of the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is a verse which refers to this passage from Samuel: “Here I raise my Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’ve come; And I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Our “Ebenezer” is the reminder of those times when God has been there for us and helped us through troubling times.
Robert Robinson wrote the words to this hymn as a young, twenty three year old minister. Evidently life was not an easy one for this man who died at 55 years of age. One day, he came upon a woman who while looking through a hymnal was humming the tune of Robinson’s hymn. Not realizing who he was, she asked if he liked that hymn. In tears, he replied, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who wrote that hymn many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I had then.”
How sad it is for us when we forget the times when God has been there to help us. What joy is returned when we remember to raise our “Ebenezer” and ever remember that God’s loving mercy and grace continues with us to help us “safely to arrive at home”.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord, for reminding me of the many ways You have been there for me throughout my life and for the promise to be with me in my future. Amen.
[*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Daily Office Lectionary]