I would like to use this blog to ruminate on the graces of God and the call to be Christ-like in a sin-filled world. Another hope of mine is to be engaged in discussion with anyone who reads this blog and is interested in conversation.
I have named the blog Post Teneblog Lux, which is a play on words from the Latin for, Light After Darkness (Post Tenebras Lux). This Latin phrase was used by Calvin, yep John Calvin, and his time in Geneva. The phrase later became the motto of the Reformation. Being a Reformed kind of guy, I thought it would be a nice tie-in with tradition, and an encouragement for any reader of this blog. I hope you enjoy.
“Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.
Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;
No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.
Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
Can rid me of this dark unrest, And set my spirit free.
I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.
His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb
Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.
I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;
He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy and light.
’Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.”