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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might:
thy justice, like mountains high soaring above;
thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

Walter Chalmers Smith’s
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” (tune: St. Denio)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Reflection
Someone once told me to “pray as if your prayers have already been answered. Thank God for God’s great wisdom and love.” When I remember that advice, I can’t help but think, what a tall order! Isn’t that a little presumptuous, assuming God already has my problems all figured out? Or that my prayers are even on God’s radar with all the other billions of prayers? To me, that is a stretch even for the most imaginative of minds!

Yet after reading the wonderful words from Walter Chalmers Smith’s hymn, “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” I am convinced that God is just that powerful and wise and that God’s love goes far beyond what I can get my head around. God’s glorious plan leads to the ultimate victory for us all. God’s wisdom and justice include every one of us. And God’s fountains of goodness and love leave no one out—not even me, with my daily prayers and requests.

So when I pray from now on, I will work to pray with faith that this journey I am on is part of God’s plan for me. And I will believe that my prayers have already been answered and will be revealed to me in time. What a peaceful feeling knowing that God is on it, has my back so completely, and that victory is already mine.

Prayer
God, help me to talk to you in faith, not doubt. Help me to remember that my prayers have already been answered by the One “most glorious” and “victorious.” Amen.

Written by Patty Donmoyer, Receptionist


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