I've been reading the book of Ecclesiastes, and if you're a regular at the Village Church you've been receiving (and maybe reading!) my emails, which have included some thoughts on the opening verses of this Old Testament wisdom. We've seen that life is short and that life is slippery, and that a life lived for Christ is what really matters. Below is a poem called Only One Life by C. T. Studd which helpfully reflects on these themes...



Two little lines I heard one day,

Travelling along life's busy way;

Brining conviction to my heart,

And from my mind would not depart;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


Only one life, yes only one,

Soon will its fleeting hours be done;

Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet,

And stand before His judgment seat;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


Only onle life, the still small voice,

Gentle pleads for a better choice;

Bidding me selfish aims to leave,

And to God's holy will to cleave;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


Only one life, a few brief years,

Each with its burdens, hope, and fears;

Each with its clays I must fulfil,

living for self or in His will;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


When this bright world would tempt me sore,

When Satan would a victory score;

When self would seek to have its way,

Then help me Lord with joy to say;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


Give me Father, a purpose deep,

In or sorrow Thy word to keep;

Faithful and true what e'er the strife,

Pleasing Thee in my daily life;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


Oh let my love with fervour burn,

And from the world now let me turn;

Living for Thee, and Thee alone,

Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.


Only one life, yes only one,

Now let me say, 'Thy will be done';

And when at last I'll hear the call,

I know I'll say, 'Twas worth it all';

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,

Only what's done for Christ will last.

Sunday at 10:30am

Mangotsfield Primary School

Emersons Green

Church Farm Road 

BS16 7EY

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