As I unwind from a whirlwind weekend, I pause to consider what a fortunate life I live. Sure, there have been heartaches, losses and times I have lost my way; yet, there are also many blessings to be counted.

I have an income, a husband who loves me and grandkids that embrace their faith in Christ. My daughter and son-in-law have a solid marriage, my mom is still living, there is food on my table; and, so far, my health remains intact. Life is good, but that scenario can change at any given moment; like when my sister-in-law was instantly killed in a car accident or my dad was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

Life offers but one guarantee and that is death will one day follow. God promises He will be with us in every circumstance of life right up to our last breath and I find great comfort in knowing I am not alone in my earthly journey. When faced with difficulties, even death, my Redeemer has promised to walk next to me; He has never failed me yet.

Whatever obstacle, heartache, addiction or sin you face at this moment, know there is hope in Jesus. Nothing can separate us from His love.

“…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:37-39

I leave you with this poem I penned.

The Journey
The road I see before me is filled with shadows black as night.
I lift my voice toward heaven and shout, “Oh, God where is the light.”
My soul is overwhelmed with fear because no one walks with me.
The deafening sound of loneliness is not something others see.

With outstretched arms before me, I try to find my way.
I grope along in darkness; all I can do is pray.
“Jesus if you hear me let your angels set up camp.
Along the path I travel may your mercy be my lamp.

Then Jesus grasps His hands in mine, my fear it is released;
Stillness like I’ve never known envelops me with peace.
No present things or things to come can keep His love from us.
Each day we journey through this life, God’s mercies are enough.

So when darkness casts its shadow, run to the cross and hide.
Call out the name of Jesus; He’ll walk right by your side.
Our journeys may be different, as are the things we face,
But one thing never changes; it is God’s amazing grace.

Author – Denise Marks

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