Tuesday, 4 August 2009

McLinky Blog Hop - Encouragement

This week's Blog Hop is your favorite quote, spiritual passage , life lesson, saying, PHOTO or encouraging thought. Post your favorite or most meaningful, and then include a sentence or two about what it means to you personally, and how it can encourage other people in their lives.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

So many times in my life, I have been surrounded by many caring, loving, compassionate people, but felt completely alone. All of their love and kindness could not fill the void left by the people I have lost, especially my sister, Joanne and my Dad, Bob. Their loss continues to leave a gaping hole in my heart and my soul. This Bible passage gives me such comfort. On the days when I feel it can't get any worse, this passage lifts me up.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you."
Mary Stevenson
I HAD to list two today. This poem is such an amazing source of comfort for so many people. What a wonderful thought that Jesus does not abandon us, but comforts and carries us through hard times. Wow...awesome.

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