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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Elisabeth Elliot’s Favorite Hymn

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(My full time job is the assistant editor over at RTM Magazine and the following is an excerpt from a full post on the Real Truth Matters blog. Head over there to read the full story and to find Elisabeth’s favorite hymn.


Elisabeth Elliot. So much class.

On June 15, 2015, Elisabeth Elliot-Gren died.

Ever since my roommate in college gave me a copy of Passion and Purity, Elisabeth has been one of my heroes. Through many of her books (all of which are on my list to read before I’m 30) she has walked with me on my journey to the Celestial City, helping me (along with my mom and other women in our church) navigate the waters of womanhood and how the Bible defines biblical femininity, masculinity and relationships, among other things.

Through the RTM Magazine, we became acquainted with her husband, Lars Gren, as he gave us permission to reprint some of Elisabeth’s articles first published in The Elisabeth Elliot NewsletterI will always treasure the phone calls and letters with him and his sweet and firm nature as we exchanged stories and life updates.

Read the rest at Real Truth Matters.

2 comments on “Elisabeth Elliot’s Favorite Hymn

  1. Kay Whitney says:

    I just want to know, if Lars Gren is still living. I followed Elizabeth Elliott, since her husband Jim and 4 other missionaries were speared to death as they endeavored to reach the then Acua Indians. I have admired the way Lars took care of Eluzabth during her mb any years livkb GB with dementia. That was my field of expertise as given by the Lord.

    1. Hello, Kay. I’m not for sure. I haven’t spoken with him since after Elisabeth’s funeral. The last I heard, he was. Sorry I couldn’t help you.

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