For Those Walking Through the Valley of Darkness

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Jesus-is-Lord

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The Lord God may He walk with you each day
Through your trials and your pain
The valleys and hilltops that seem never ending
May you know that the Lord Himself is with you
He will never leave you nor forsake you

In your darkest days, God is near you
When you cannot seem to cope, He is your strength and hope
When you barely make it through the day and wonder how you did
That was the Lord beside you and within you
Lending of His strength when yours was gone

When all is well, it is easy to trust
When all seems downhill
Then is your faith tested and refined
In the moments you doubt, in the moments you wonder if He has abandoned you
Look closer and you will see
The Lord never left your side, but you left His

As you travel the valley, down the mountain into chaos
Look for God…you will find Him
That one ray of sunshine
The one friend who took time to encourage you
That last minute burst of faith that allowed you to leave temptation behind
The moment you laughed despite your pain
That post you saw somewhere that lifted your spirits…
These things were the presence of the Lord God Almighty

Look behind you at your steps in the sand
When you see only one set
This then was when the Lord carried you

Put down your failures
Leave your hurts behind
Forgive those that have hurt you, and then forgive yourself

Take up hope for hope lives
Hope is not a thing or a place or an event
Hope is not anything that depends on any human
Hope is not an empty word that becomes meaningless to you in suffering
Hope is no where to be found on this earth

Take up hope…for hope lives
Hope is alive and well and longs to know you
Hope lives to intercede for you
Hope is in love with you despite anything you feel or have done
Hope is more
Hope is more than the sum total of all that you are or will be

Hope exceeds you and is above you
Yet hope is near you, yes hope can live within you
Hope is the One
Hope is Jesus Christ

Place your hope in Jesus because Christ IS hope
Trust in your friends…hope in Jesus
Love and trust your spouse…hope in Christ

Trust not yourself and your works
Place your hope of eternity
In Christ alone

If you have trusted in Christ for your hope
Trusted in Jesus for life eternal in Him
Then hope has come to live with you and in you
This hope can never be taken from you
This gift once given is yours to keep
Cherish it daily

May Christ guide you on your way each and every day
The Lord grant you wisdom and the spirit of truth
Strength and peace in your spirit be yours through Christ
May God shine His face upon you and you know His love is with you always
May your true needs be met and you not despair for those things you do not need
May God richly bless you brothers and sisters

In the blessed name of Jesus, Amen

 

 

 

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  1. Eric Raider

    Greg, that was very moving and hopeful. May The LORD bless you and exalt you as you minister to all who get to read this and share this. Blessings,
    Rabbi Eric

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  2. Teresa

    My son is in jail and this really helped my broken heart right now.
    Thank you so much. I sent it to his fiance’ too and she loved it too. This was definitely a God thing to me at this moment in my life…. God bless you and keep sending us your encouragement!

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      Oh no…I’m sorry to hear that. I share that predicament with you actually. It is tough. Be strong, better times are ahead. I prayed for you and him as well.
      Thank you so much and God bless you
      Greg

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