Joshua 1:5 “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)
Are you lost…in deepest darkness,
The sun no longer shines;
You’re in a deep pit…down there,
Yes, and everything declines?
Perhaps your health is failing,
You’re physically and mentally bankrupt;
Right down there…on the bottom,
Your life’s on hold…disrupt.
Old age creeping up,
Slow at first…but now it’s gaining;
It overtakes each one of us,
The battle of old age…and now it’s winning.
A loved-one snatched from you,
In the prime of their life;
One who was so close to you,
Perhaps a husband or a wife.
Or maybe it’s your finances,
You were never rich…but now you’re poor;
In spite of careful planning,
Your future now…unsure.
Children who were once a joy,
Are now…so alienated;
We try so hard…so very hard,
Parenthood is highly over-rated.
Or a marriage that was so perfect,
But now…it has grown sour;
Problems…like weeds…they grow,
Thistles…where once were flowers.
Life isn’t all that we had planned,
Oft times…things go amiss;
Hard times…they come and go,
Few days are total bliss.
OUR DARKEST HOURS,
Surely, they cannot last forever;
Still…they go on and on,
In spite of all our endeavors.
We could wear a mask of Pollyanna,
Pretend everything is just fine;
But, we wouldn’t fool anyone,
Everything would still be an uphill climb.
In spite of all around us,
The good things and the bad;
We do have a blessed hope,
And, of this…we can rejoice and be glad.
For we have a promise,
It stands strong…and it is sure;
In spite of all the problems,
There is One who will endure.
He’s promised…in His Word,
To never leave…nor to forsake;
And, in OUR DARKEST HOURS,
His promises…He will not break.
‘Tis said it’s always darkest,
Right before the dawn;
Hold on…firmly to His promises,
And, walk out…into that bright, new morn!
February 20, 2004
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