Monday, January 21, 2008

God's Kind Care

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways,
All our lives thro';
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.

God hath not promised
We shall not know
Toil and temptation,
Trouble and woe;
He hath not told us
We shall not bear
Many a burden,
Many a care.

God hath not promised
Smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel,
Needing no guide;
Never a mountain,
Rocky and steep,
Never a river
Turbid and deep:

But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labour,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.

~Annie Johnson Flint

We had a great day today. After yesterday's blue day, it was a treat to awaken this morning with a new song in my heart. God is so faithful.

The children and I read the Bible together, as is our habit. Then we read some quotes by Robert E. Lee and others about the importance and power of prayer. We prayed, for those in authority over us, for missionaries, for our government, for friends, for family.

Adeena and Heather and their children came for a visit. We had lunch together, then Heather had to go. The rest of us went to work - Adeena and I were sorting and filing papers, Daniel was repairing an old computer, Patrick was cooking and caring for grandkids, Linda was teaching the children, and the rest of them were learning.

Matt & Joanna came for supper and a visit. We don't see them often enough, because Matt works long hours, and Joanna is tired in the evening after caring for two little go-getters all day. So it was wonderful to sit and visit.

God has promised us strength for the day. He gave that, today. He also gave us rest, as we sat and visited with family members. He gave us light for the way as we read and meditated on His word. How gracious He is to us. His mercies are new every morning!

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