Thursday, January 16, 2014

Showers of Blessing

    My family in West Virginia has been dealing with a water crisis.  There was a chemical spill up river from where they live, and the water is so toxic that they couldn't even use it for laundry or bathing.  It has been about a week since the spill, and they have been told the water is safe now, but not for pregnant women. So... that doesn't really sound like the problem is over yet -- and I think they are sticking with bottled water for a while.
    I borrowed this picture from my niece's Facebook photos.  She said she heard the rain and used some "Mountaineer ingenuity" to catch it. I heard the same rain pouring down that night here in North Carolina and remembered the rain barrel that always sat at the corner of my grandparents' house when I was growing up -- and hoped that they were able to catch some. I smiled the next day at Katie's photo -- the showers were not wasted at her house!  That made me think of how God provides for us, but sometimes we just sit around and wait for someone to help us instead of going outside to gather those blessings. I know this water was not the total answer, but it sure helped to have tubs full of clean water, freely provided by God, right by the back door.
  1. There shall be showers of blessing:
    This is the promise of love;
    There shall be seasons refreshing,
    Sent from the Savior above.
    • Refrain:
      Showers of blessing,
      Showers of blessing we need:
      Mercy-drops round us are falling,
      But for the showers we plead.
  2. There shall be showers of blessing,
    Precious reviving again;
    Over the hills and the valleys,
    Sound of abundance of rain.
  3. There shall be showers of blessing;
    Send them upon us, O Lord;
    Grant to us now a refreshing,
    Come, and now honor Thy Word.
  4. There shall be showers of blessing:
    Oh, that today they might fall,
    Now as to God we’re confessing,
    Now as on Jesus we call!
  5. There shall be showers of blessing,
    If we but trust and obey;
    There shall be seasons refreshing,
    If we let God have His way.