In Sorrow's Hour ~ Anchored In Him

“Come unto Me, ye weary, and I will give you rest.”
O blessèd voice of Jesus, which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction, of pardon, grace and peace,
Of joy that hath no ending, of love which cannot cease.

“Come unto Me, dear children, and I will give you light.”
O loving voice of Jesus, which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts are filled with sadness, and we had lost our way;
But He hath brought us gladness and songs at break of day.

“Come unto Me, ye fainting, and I will give you life.”
O cheering voice of Jesus, which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager, the fight is fierce and long;
But Thou hast made us mighty and stronger than the strong.

“And whosoever cometh I will not cast him out.”
O welcome voice of Jesus, which drives away our doubt,
Which calls us, very sinners, unworthy though we be
Of love so free and boundless, to come, dear Lord, to Thee.

Author Unknown

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus

Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all

comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that

we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort

we ourselves have received from God."

A reader writes: "We just found out

that my mother has lung cancer that has spread to her

liver. I know the Lord holds us in his arms, but how

do we find the strength and courage to handle what we

know is coming? I know Mom needs a rest from her pain,

and that the chemo will make her sick, but I'm not

ready to let her go. How do I stop being so selfish?

It's very hard to 'Let go and let God." 

I don't think it's selfish to feel the way you do. In

fact, I'd say it's normal. It's always difficult when

loved ones suffer and when there is a possibility of

losing them, and even harder when we do lose them. 

Unfortunately, loss is a part of life and all of us

will experience it at some time, and it's never easy. 

I don't think there are any easy answers except to

daily commit and trust your life and that of your

loved one to the Lord. Tell God exactly how you feel

(He knows it anyhow), and tell him you choose to trust

him even if you feel you can't. Do this every day or

even more if necessary. In time your feelings will

catch up with your choice to trust God. It is also

very important not to bottle up your feelings of

grief. Tears are a gift from God to help drain the

pain of sorrow and loss. Pray that God will give you a

friend with whom you can cry without being criticized

or told you shouldn't feel that way. Remember that

when Jesus was sad, he wept! We need to do the same.

I'm reminded of a song that Danny Gaither sang so

marvelously before he died of cancer. The words of the

chorus went like this:

Through it all,

Through it all,

I've learned to trust in Jesus,

I've learned to trust in God.

Through it all,

Through it all,

I've learned to depend upon his Word. 

It's only through the rough times that we truly learn

to trust in God. And in the end for all who trust God

and have committed their life to him, we will meet

again where there will be no more sickness, sadness,

sorrow or dying, and where God himself will wipe away

every tear. What a glorious day that will be. In the

meantime we also need understanding and caring friends

on whom we can lean. 

A special thanks to Brother Stu for his writings.
You may contact him by email to thank him.

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When things go wrong, ask God for strength and wisdom and then thank Him for working to increase your faith . . .




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