“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5b

I need to realize, that what is past is past. As I get older, I need to come to grips with reality. God is my only reality.

That which I have experienced in the past with joy and thanksgiving and have been changed, cannot be returned to original. My wife will never be who she was. My marriage and the relationship with my wife will never be something I can take for granted again. My mom will never be a strong healthy woman again. My body will suffer the affects of being overweight and of diabetes and not return to that which I took for granted at the age of 20 and 30.

Instead, we must take what we have, we must placed it before God, we must ask for wisdom from Him, we must move forward in faith, we must embrace the gifts of today, we must rediscover joy (if it seems lost), and we must give thanks. We will encounter new challenges, new illnesses, new disappointments but also we will encounter new joys and will give heartfelt thanks to God for His mercies and for His presence in our lifes. God wants to be the keeper of our burdens. God wants us to rest in His arms. God gives us opportunities of growth and opportunities of trust, and He has not forsaken us even when the world seems to be collapsing all around us.

Psalm 145
A psalm of praise. Of David.

1 [a] I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.

2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.

4 One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.

5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works. [b]

6 They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.

7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.

10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you.

11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,

12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made. [c]

14 The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.

16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.

18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.

20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.


~ by thoughtcrime2 on September 18, 2009.

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