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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Born to be born again... The Desire of All Nations

Starting to feel like we actually live here!Dear Friends of Wales Awakening:

We trust you have had a joyous and meaningful Christmas. As we all know, the real significance of Jesus' birth is far greater than the seasonal festivities that soon pass away. He was born from eternity into time that we might be born from time into eternity. The increasing instability in the world around us makes the matter of His coming all the more important. His mercies are new every morning, and thousands each day discover this truth and invite Him to take up residence in them, His eternal kingdom increases day by day.

Haggai 2:6-9 brings things into focus. "For thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,' says the Lord of hosts. 'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,' says the Lord of hosts. 'The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,' says the Lord of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the Lord of hosts."

On Friday we received a card from friends in Virginia with great illustrations and a wonderful poem/prayer that I'd like to include here to bless and encourage you and help empower your prayers with joy!

O Prince of Peace,
My ecstasy and bliss!
Who but You could lead me beside still waters
and into lush green pastures
Who but You could restore my soul
Who but You could climb with me up mountains of splendor to see eternity
Who but You could prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies,
make me laugh at their threats and pray blessings upon their heads
Who but You could show me the path of everlasting life
Who but You could clothe me with a a royal robe of righteousness
And turn the blood red stain of my sin as white as snow
Who could dance with me to the house of wine
intoxicating me with unspeakable joy
Who could Father me with perfect love and care
drying every tear and healing every disease
Who could pen the loveliest love songs ever written and never stop singing
them to me
Who could paint my days with an endless hunger for the undiscovered
colors of heaven
Who could never abandon me in my time of need always forgiving and
overwhelming me with His "amazing grace"
Who is closer than a brother and more romantic than any human lover
Who alone saturates me with a peace that passes all understanding
And loves me with a love beyond knowledge
O Jesus, Jesus!
Desire of every nation
Lover of every soul
Son of"God's Global Strategy", by Mary Lee, God
Son of man
Our Jubilee
Our Sabbath Rest
Our Wonderful Counselor
Our Song of Songs
The Glory and the Lifter of our heads
Alive from the dead forevermore
Always dancing over us with overcoming joy
Not just a great idea, abstract and untouchable,
Not too lofty to touch defiled humanity and the leper's skin
But the incarnation of God the Father
Love Himself
Who walked, ate, laughed, wept among us
And loved us unto death
Giving us a new life for the old
Freedom from the tormenting chains of guilt and shame
Loving us into obedience
The oil of joy for ashes
Turning our mourning into dancing
Despair Into hope
O joy, joy, joy!
Joy to the world!
O Immanuel, God with us,
King of kings and Lord of all.
Pour out your living wine upon this world once again
Bringing laughter and abandoned dancing into the streets of our weary and
divided land
Help us bring Your heaven to earth
And may earth fully receive her King!
"Let heaven and nature sing" together forever
Until the transcendent love of God rules in every heart!

   (Written and illustrated by Mary Lee, entitled, "God's Global Strategy", based on Joel 2:28.)

We pray the Lord bless you in the coming New Year with more of Himself to share with those around you,

Dick & Gladys Funnell


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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Like a sweet dream... And the best is yet to come!

PenBryn Beach 2021Dear Praying Friends,

Having some of our family here with us for the week of Thanksgiving was like the sweetest of dreams ever. And it was one of those dreams that you just don't want to wake up from! The days seemed to melt together and we had an unforgettable time.

The Lord graciously gave us perfect weather for the days we St Davidswere out and about. Their first morning here we took them to two local beaches, and then Monday found us at Strumble Head Lighthouse near Fishguard and then St. David's. It was such a joy to relax and enjoy one another's company in such beautiful surroundings. Neither Richard's wife nor Gladys' niece had been here before, and it was fun to take them on such adventures.

It wasn't all fun and games though. One afternoon everyone all joined forces to working outside in the gardAfter supper fun and gamesen, and we got a lot of work done with so many welcome helping hands. And there was plenty of working feeding this crew as well. After supper we shared talk and games around the table and it was great just being family at home here with everyone.

With many great cooks we had a real banquet for our Thanksgiving Dinner, and there was much more to be thankfLondon tour busul for than all the delicious food.

And then—like a dream—everything changed. Friday morning Richard and Emily headed off to London, and we followed them Saturday afternoon with Grace and Maly to be tourists on Sunday. That evening we met up for a last meal together in Covent Garden and then said our goodbyes, and they flew home the next morning.

In the afterglow of our wonderful visit and the "sweet sorrow" of parting, the Lord brought to mind His plan for family. All the love and warmth that we can feel with our own families is really just a foretaste of God's forever family. Saying goodbye can be hard even if it's only till the next time we see each other. And it is far more difficult when death takes a loved one from us. BUT, that is where the power of the Gospel and Jesus' resurrection CHANGES EVERYTHING!

Coming home!God's Kingdom family is all about eternal life. There will be no more goodbyes ever again! 1 John 5:11 says, "And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son." So when a person embraces the simple but transcendent truth of God's plan for redemption through faith in His son, a whole new story begins. This picture of when the prodigal son "comes to himself" and returns to his father's forgiving embrace is a marvellous portrayal of longing fulfilled—salvation and rest for our souls.

The greatest reason for true Thanksgiving is Jesus' invitation in John 7:37, "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.'" And this is the heart of prayer for revival—that all would come to Him and "...with joy draw water from the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:3

May God bless and keep you, and your loved ones, during the coming holiday season,

Dick & Gladys


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