February Update

Blessed Be Your Name
by Matt and Beth Redman

Blessed Be Your Name In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out? I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s all as it should be Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out? I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

This song, for me, sums it up.? This is what life is about.? Learning to trust our God enough to bless His name in all circumstances.? Two years ago, we were in probably the darkest time of our lives thus far.? I couldnt even sing it, but I could choose to believe it.? Had I written this letter yesterday I would have said how the sun is shining down on us and we can still praise our God.? Indeed, Karl and I are in a place where it is easy to thank God, He has given us such blessings.? Today, though, Im reminded of the sacrifice of praise God sometimes calls us to.? A fellow CCC staff member has stage 4 cancer (and a wife and two small children).? We would love it if you would pray for Chris and Jo and the kids.

But in all these places (and because weve been there) we can truly say that our God loved us through them.? Sometimes He did it personally and other times He used the love and care of other believers. We wanted to share this song with you because if you and I were sitting down with coffee having a heart to heart discussion, you would have your joys and trials to share.? Some of you feel blessed and some of you undoubtedly are hurting badly right now.? Where ever you are, please know that you are LOVED.? God is there and wont let go.? And we are here, too.? If theres any way we can share your burdens (or joys) we want to.? Just let us know.
Praising God,

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