1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
I have loved this passage since the first time I read it. To me it is the heart of worship. At first I was confounded by the thought that we as humans could “bless” God. The God who spoke galaxies into being actually takes delight in you and I when we are in right relationship with him.
I think God smiles ear to ear when He sees what I’ve seen in the people of Nicaragua. They smile and laugh more than what I see stateside. They break out in songs of praise at the drop of a hat. After sharing my testimony with a welder and his son (both of whom were named Miguel btw…..) who were helping us prepare well caps, the father broke out in the most beautiful and soul-stirring hymn. Inspirational does no credit to what I heard….it was a man worshiping his Maker during a break in his work day. I also got a chuckle when Miguel intimated to me that he could “hit it deep” in reference to his glory days on the baseball field!
Domingo, our interpreter / translator , is 22 years old and his life song is ALL ABOUT showing his Lord thanks for his salvation. Domingo isn’t like too many 22 year olds anywhere. He sees where God is working and jumps in with both feet. He plays base guitar and sings in the church band as well. He too will break out in song at any time. Praise and adoration are conversational for Domingo….no “canned” Jesus here!
Other highlights so far:
Getting a guided tour of Pastor Diamadez’ grand vision for the winning of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador for the Lord. He is meeting people at their point of need with the building of schools, a radio station to share the Good News with 300,000 people, a medical clinic, a pastoral training center and a vocational training farm that shows people how to learn a self-sustaining business by raising farm animals or growing their own crops. This man is a dynamo for God!
Watching Louisville win the NCAA Championship on the streets of Somatillo with a dozen or so Nicaraguan hoops junkies. We treated them to ice cream for sharing their TV with us. The ice cream gave great relief to the 90+ temps after dark!
Don’t want to spill the beans, but don’t feel sorry for us in the food and accommodations departments. Best mission grub I’ve even been exposed to and Elba (our cook at here at Sunnyside Mission) rates a close second to my wife Brenda’s mad kitchen skills. Her chocolate chip cookies are DDD worthy!
Not a coffee drinker but Nicaraguan java may have launched me into that caffeinated world.
Love our team down here: hard workers who love the Lord and don’t mind to get their hands dirty. Thanks Jeff Wilson for your leadership! Sinking roots into this community just feels right!
Learning the language: my newest saying is “todo esta bien”………meaning, “it’s all good.” Clint Eastwood was really describing mission work in the movie Heartbreak Ridge when he said, “you’ve got to adapt and overcome.” Delays, hurdles and the inevitable Murphy’s Law are just a part of the gig!
Lord, bless you for putting me here this week. It’s been great to be on adventure with you!
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