It is 7.20 in the morning on the last day of my retreat. As I sit at the breakfast table, after breakfast, I decided to pen some thoughts as I had woken this morning with the song by Louis Armstrong “What a wonderful world!”
What a wonderful world!
Thank God for all good things
All that will take place today
For, dearest Father, you give only the best
The best deal
No other deals beat Yours
Walk in my ways
I will lead you home to my eternal reward
What more can I ask for, dearest Father?
You send me Your Son Jesus
Loving Saviour, Mighty God
Redeemer of our souls
So loving, so gentle, so kind
I stand in awe of You my God
No words in the vocabulary exist
You are truly awesome
Beyond our human minds so puny
Beyond our far-fetched imagination
And that is fine, Father God
I need not understand
I ask only to have deep, strong faith
To believe, to trust and to walk humbly with You, Lord and King
All You ask of me is that I obey Your commandments to love
And to do that even for my foes
And I will and I do, by Your grace alone
Oh Father God, how deep is Your love for me
I touch You in all whom I can see
I sense You in the air I breathe
Love fills this entire place (Seven Fountains Spirituality Centre)
Your peace and Your joy
I am so grateful indeed
I love it every moment everyday
And when these days are over
I count on what will remain as memories so real, so true
Memories . . . I recall them now
How You beckoned me to come
That I may hear You speak to my heart
And did You speak, did You speak, my God!
Sweet words of love that brought tender tears to fall, to fall
Tears came rolling down my cheeks
And all I could understand was this
I’m in love
In love with my God
My God who is love
He has made me to love Him
To love Him
What joy! What bliss!
What fond memories I have of this first visit in January 2000!
I could go on still as I allow my mind
To walk where You lead me
The days of retreat have always been simply great days
Days of enjoying Your wonderful companionship
Ways of taking great delight in You
Of coming to know Your awesome ways as much as I could
And I want to say, Daddy God, I love You, I love You, I love You!
And so here I am, at the breakfast table
Food in my stomach
A cup of Chinese tea still to be enjoyed
And I am grateful
Grateful for this life You have given me
Grateful for this brand new day
Grateful too for the early hours when I come to You
In worship, in adoration, to pray, to pray, to pray!
And this shall be the main activity this day
To build a closer relationship with You, my Lord, my God!