Sunday, May 20, 2012


My friend (won't tell her name) bemoans the difficult life she lives. To her it seems like life is nothing but one struggle after another. She eats trials for breakfast... strife for lunch... and misery for dinner. She's up to here with the turbulence of a misery blotched existence. To quote her.

Gosh, that does sound so gloomy and depressing. I sat there listening to all her woes; she needed to get it off her system or I would guess she would explode. But she's still here standing and waking up every morning maybe without the smile that we should be giving the start of the day.. but she's up just the same. To face her battles once more I suppose.

That's courage, whether she knows it or not. And maybe somewhere there inside her small frame is a tiny spark of hope... maybe still believing that someday she will find relief to all her troubles. She won't tell me,  but when I see her look out afar with her sad eyes I can sense the faint ripple of hope in those otherwise sweet brown eyes.

Because she believes in God. She prays maybe harder than we do. Probably shedding buckets of tears alongside it. But she prays.  I love her for that, admire her even more.

This brings to mind a beautiful song by songwriter Thomas A. Dorsey in 1932....

"Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home."

You know in truth, we're all so much like my friend at some point or another.

May I request you to include a tiny prayer for her... and for every person on this planet who is going through the same challenges and troubles of life... for us all...  to put their hands and our hands in the Lord's --- "The God Of All Comfort".

Blessings and do have a blessed day.


  1. God often tests and tries those whom he loves.
    Greater the sacrifices and trials, surer is redemption.Your friend should not lose hope.He wili desert none who puts all his or her faith in Him.
    Group prayer has greater potency.Let us all include the unnamed, nay Ellen's friend, in our prayers

    1. Thank you, KP. It's a wonderful thoughtful gesture of support.. and very much appreciated. Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Ellen,

    I sincerely pray that may God be kind to her and all those who need God's help.

    Take care

    1. I am sure your offered prayers will create the miracle we all hope for, Jack. Even as I speak now the collective energy of everybody's prayers will work that miracle. God is good.

      Thanks for your visit and all. Blessings!

  3. ;D peace is where we come from and in the end peace is where we move to

    1. How so true, WilyB! And in-between 'come from and move to' she can have that same peace by trusting in God who's actually in control of our lives.

      Thank you for coming by. Have a blessed day!

  4. We have taken up the Cross, Thou hast laid it upon us and grant us strength that we bear it unto death. Amen! (Imitation of Christ)

    May the Lord bless you ever and ever.

    1. God has promised that He will always be with us. That is the hope my friend holds on to.

      Thank you for the beautiful prayer.

      WELCOME to the blog! Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  5. The poor thing! I think the best remedy for complaining is to change the story. If you start thanking God in and for everything, in no time at all you'll be happy and thankful. At least it works for me..

  6. And it does for me too, Deb. I guess she will learn her own way of coping. God's gonna take her there, am sure. Thanks for your lovely visit and comment. Blessings!

  7. Hi love your blog. May I use your photo for my song sheet revival service?
    please email me at
    Blessings, Mrs. Fatima Bigda, Shrine Director's secretary

    1. Thank you for dropping by the blog. I have replied to your email address. But on reading it noticed that I had written song instead of PHOTO. So I am sending the same email again (below) with the correction. Thank you.


      I was pleasantly surprised seeing your message in my blog (the post Our Hands In The Lord's). The song isn't originally mine but I appreciate it that you took the time to let me know that you are going to use it for your song sheet revival service. One doesn't see such kind courtesy around anymore these days. So thank you.

      I guess you stumbled on my blog. Just like you, I found the song online and thought it was a beautiful and inspiring piece for the post I was writing back then. And I think many have used it for their own purposes too on the internet or in real time. So feel free to use it for your own purpose and reason.

      Thank you for the pleasure of meeting you in the blog/email but who knows maybe God will see it in His good grace that our paths will cross again in real time.

      May the good Lord bless you, your family, and your community with everything good in life and in His service.


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