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Regrets

August 8, 2017

I have regrets, don’t you?

Mine fall into different categories.

Let’s keep this simple and say there are two kinds of regrets.

One was sung about several decades ago in a song: “Regrets? I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention.” That line’s from (I Did It) My Way and I gotta say it doesn’t cover my situation.

If I start reviewing my regrets from trying to have things go My Way, the lyric becomes “Regrets? I’ve got a ton. And then again, that’s only Page One” because the list would go on and on.

Another kind of regret is in the song that’s been running through my heart and mind and life, not necessarily in that order, for a couple of days now. It’s a contemporary version of Great is Thy Faithfulness, and it includes these lyrics —

I can’t remember a trial or a pain
He did not recycle to bring me gain
I can’t remember one single regret
In serving God only, and trusting His hand
All I have need of, His hand will provide
He’s always been faithful to me

— I’m embarrassed to admit that this second kind of regret is where I’m left weaving these two disparate songs together as a kind of Prayer of Confession. “I can’t remember that many regrets from serving God only, just too few to mention.” Too much My Way in my wake, not enough “serving God only.”

But this contemporary Christian song and its predecessor, Great is Thy Faithfulness, are not about me. They’re about the One of whom Lamentations 3:22-23  says, The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new  every morning; great is your faithfulness.

As I hope you remember me saying more than once that God’s still in business.

No regrets there.

 

 

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