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I even thought about how I'd get through the funeral arrangements. Wednesday night the night before his catherization , I returned to our daughter's condo exhausted. Flipping through the TV channels, I was arrested by a Gaither video special "Sweet, Sweet Spirit." The last song brought relief from my dark thoughts: "The love of God, how rich and pure, how measureless and strong. It shall forever more endure the saints' and angels' song." *
At three in the morning I awoke. I read again the verses God had brought to my attention as I waited in the Emergency Room chapel in May of 1992 seven years earlier.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom (what) shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom (of what) shall I be afraid." David ended the Psalm with these words: "I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord." **
Then He renewed my strength just as He promised in Isaiah 40:31: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
My mother wrote the poem below years and years ago, but it also came to my mind as I thought about the reality of fainting under "the burden of the day."
When I grow weary, I just pray
That God will cheer me on my way.
When weak I falter into sin,
Through Christ I can begin again;
And failing a most trying test,
I stop and ask God what is best.
And when my strength begins to wane,
I bow my head and call Christ's name.
And as cares dull and fill my mind,
I read the word and Jesus find.
When tried by trials through sin and wrong,
I ask the Lord to keep me strong.
And I can tell you that He hears,
He comforts, strengthens, and He cheers.
He is listening for your faintest cry;
Reach out your hand; He's standing by. ***
That's my testimony, too: "I can tell you that He hears, He comforts, strengthens, and He cheers…. He is listening for your faintest cry; Reach out your hand; He's standing by."
For Further Consideration:
I Corinthians 4:1,16
* "The Love of God by F.M. Lehman (public domain), recorded in Sweet, Sweet Spirit with Bill and Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends. Alexandria, Indiana, Spring House, Inc. 1999
** Psalm 27
*** "Teel, Dorothy Ruth Harris. "For Lo, I Am with You Always," in The
Crimson Tide ©1962.