In the valley.


Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.

Timeless words. Encouraging words. Words for strength. Words of protection.

There are times in life when you go through things that you just didn’t see coming. You don’t even have a hint of what is going on and then you get that phone call, that e-mail, or that letter in the mail. Two out of three of those hit yesterday. I worry and I fret over things that I have no control over. Everything has been taken out of my hands and I’m just not comfortable with that. I want it resolved, I want it righted, and I want it done yesterday.

But I can’t. The Bible says that worry will not add one day to your life. It also says not to worry about to tomorrow for today has enough trouble of its own. So true. Why do we not cast all our cares onto the Lord that we profess to be the Creator of ourselves, our Provider, our Peace, our Healer, our Savior? He says that all who are weary and heavy-laden should come to Him. Why do we hang on to our problems?

As we face a family emergency and another situation that we cannot yet resolve, I am reminded ever so clearly of the words of an old hymn:

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

(This song is credited to Joseph M. Scriven who wrote the hymn to comfort his mother, who lived in Ireland.)

So, whatever you are going through, there is Someone who wants to help you through it. Keep your chin up, keep moving, and keep your focus.

Peace and love, everyone.

God surely listens


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