Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Lord There is None Like You


The song begins: "my Jesus, my Savior, Lord there is none like You. All of my days, I want to praise the wonder of Your mighty love."

Today, is one of those days.

The program at the Catholic School for over 400 children went amazingly well. In fact, most of the children spoke very good English and were eager to use it with an unusal English speaker. One young man, friendlier than most, approached and said, "hello my name is Benjamin and these are my friends." He was proud to introduce me around, announcing the names of his friends and whenever a new child would approach, he would pull them forward (some reluctantly) and give their name. This is my friend Tony, my friend Joseph..." and on and on.

The children roared with laughter, eyes popping with amazement at the tricks, and lots of applause when theprogram was finished. They were well behaved andattentive and enjoyed the day as much as I did performing for them. I was able to share a vision offriendship, a world where people are valued by who they are inside and not by their outward appearance.This is something critical in a nation torn apart by "ethnic cleansing." A place where hatred runs deep and religion the reason.

We finished the program, came home and had a visit by some missionaries who have just arrived from Finland. I sat with their young daughter while dinner was being prepared and colored picture frames. The mother sat at the piano and began playing a song. It took me a few moments to realize what she was playing.

"Lord there is none like You..."

I had to smile, as this is one of my all-time favorite songs! It always reminds me of the Joni and Friends Family Retreats, and the special people who have chosen it as a talent show entry year after year (yes,they know who they are) In my mind, praises rang forth for such a time as this. And tonight, as I was checking my emails, reading through the wonderful responses, I received another special "message" the prayer read: "Lord there is none like You..."

Yes, boys and girls (as the old man on thirty-fourth street said) there is a God! (well, he said Santa) What a privilege we have to share in the Kingdom work at home and around the world. We are only a small part of the work going forth. There are 10K Bibles going to Ghana for Vacation Bible school (we are still waiting on some of them) there is work being done in Russia, in China, in Israel, in Africa, in France, in Bosnia, all around this great big world - and God does not miss ANYTHING.

Tonight, as you retire in comfort and security, praise HIM for allowing His message to go forth, and for His faithfulness to YOU! I treasure your prayers, your heart for missions, your obedience and participation. He is on the move - He is coming back.