Life–Changing Tragedy — Today


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Today I have received such dreadful news;

my mind between despair and fear is tossed.

With nothing but uncertainty ahead,

I feel so helpless, so completely lost.

The earth beneath my feet is giving way;

the portals of my life are crumbling fast.

My hopes, my dreams, my goals are growing dim,

and all I love is slipping from my grasp.

What purpose can I find in life today,

when all tomorrow’s hopes and dreams are gone?

How will I face the dawning of each morn? 

Where will I find the strength to carry on?


As if in answer, deep within my heart,

a gentle, reassuring voice I hear—

Have you forgotten, tender child of Mine,

that I have promised always to be near?

The things of earth cannot your spirit feed,

nor can earth’s surest blessings be secure.

The things you think you’ve lost were never yours,

for only things eternal can be sure.

The superficial ground beneath your feet

has never been the ground on which you stand.

Today your feet will feel the Solid Rock

and know the strength of My upholding hand.


Today your troubled heart will feel the peace

that passes understanding here below;

Today the joy that fills your emptiness

will be a joy untouched by earthly woe.

Today the comfort deep within your soul

will spring from My unfailing love alone;

Today your strength will grow from simple trust

in what My mighty, all-wise hand has done.

Today you’ll learn a secret known to those

who’ve faced the loss of every earthly thing—

For in this day, you’ll find I’m all you need;

and from this day, a sweeter song you’ll sing.

                                        ©by Joy Dean






Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.  Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness . . . .  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:  his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.  Psalm 112:1b, 4a, 7


All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.  Psalm 25:10


One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion:  in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me:  He shall set me up upon a rock.  . . . therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.  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.  Psalm 27:4-5, 6b, 13-14


Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:  lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:1-2


 . . . the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy God loved thee.  Deuteronomy 23:5



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