Renewal has been asked to perform at an evening celebration for the life of Carmen Beckford Friday 17 June at City Hall, Bristol at 6.30pm. Miss Beckford, who came to the UK from Jamaica aged 17, was a prominent race equality campaigner. The former midwife, who was the first black recipient of an MBE in the South West, died at a care home in Bristol last month. She was a founder member of the St Pauls Carnival committee, which was set up in 1967 and was appointed the first Race Relations Officer in Bristol and helped improve racial equality in the city.
Thoughts from Psalm 139
You search my heart and mind, and know me through and through,
My length of days and all my ways are fully known to you.
What I might say or think, you know before they are, '
Even the sound of my own feet you recognise from far.
Such knowledge overwhelms, its hard to understand,
Why you show such interest in me and guide me with your hand.
Should I take wings and fly through realms as yet unknown
E'en there you'd be ahead of me however fast I'd flown.
Or should I choose to hide in folds of blackest night,
Your eye will see where I would be, as night to you is light.
On waking from these thoughts, I see and understand
Protective grace is keeping me secure within your hand. (1 Pet 1: 5)
I'm made amazingly with sinew, bone and care,
In secret in my mothers womb, with tender-loving-care.
You've also made for me good works that I should do,
To walk in them throughout my life, as this is but my due. (Eph 2: 10. Rom 12: 1&2.)
If all your glorious deeds in song my voice could tell,
Then all the pebbles on each beach I'd count with ease as well!
You're not a God who does in evil take delight,
With You the wicked cannot stand one moment in your sight.
"You are the God who sees", you know the way I go, ( Gen 16:13.)
But those who lead a sinful life you surely will o'erthrow.
You know my heart and mind, my inmost thoughts alway,
Forgive those things which cause offence, and guide my step each day.
How amazing is the covenant loving-care of our great God to all who believe in Him!
Omniscient =All knowing. Omnipotence = Unlimited power.
Omnipresence = Everywhere at the same time.