The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
 Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8
What I am about to share with you are not my words.  They are the words of Billy Graham, taking directly from his book Hope for Each Day Words of Wisdom and Faith, written as his reflection for September 10.  He titled it:

    “Once many years ago when I was going through a dark period I prayed and prayed, but the heavens seemed to be brass.  I felt as though god had disappeared and that I was alone with my trial and burden.  It was a dark night for my soul.
   I wrote my mother about the experience and will never forget her reply: “Son, there are many times when God withdraws to test your faith.  He wants you to trust Him in the darkness.  Now, Son, reach up by faith in the fog and you will find that His had will be there.”  In tears I knelt by my bed and experienced an overwhelming sense of God’s presence.
   Whether or not we feel God’s presence when our way seems dark, by faith we know He is there.  You can stake your life on His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).

I have been using this devotional book for more than a year and this is the second time I have read this reflection.  It spoke as loudly to me the second time as it did the first time.  What a gift we have been given…to reach up for his hand…reach up by faith in the fog…

Dear Lord, I am so grateful for gift of your hand that is there for me ALL the time, even in the fog of life.  Thank you for the gift of you Son and the many, many other gifts you have given to me.  Thank you for the gift of visiting with my family this past weekend and the gift of meeting a new friend.  Lord, thank you for bring Ann safely home to her family.  Lord, I ask that you be with my friend trying to sell her house and wanting desperately to join her husband in their new location.  Please give her patience and allow me to be used by you, to witness to her.  Be with my friend whose husband has a brain injury; please guide the doctors and give the family the peace and grace they need.  Lord, you are so good to me and I am so thankful.  I am overflowing with joy this morning because of your many blessings.

Friends…you may be wondering why I am overflowing.  It isn’t really anything special other than I spent some time over at Ann’s blog.  Do I even realize how MUCH I have?  How easy I have it?  The coffee is brewing, the refrigerator and pantry are full, I have a roof over my head and a floor under my feet.  I will get in a car and drive to work, where I will make a decent and fair wage…I believe this is a post for another day…

I got back from a weekend of visiting my parents late Sunday night.  Yesterday I just could not seem to get my act together to post anything.  While I didn’t think I could afford (financially or time-wise) to be gone this past weekend, I am so glad that I went.  It is hard to watch my parents get older, but I truly enjoyed the time I spent with them.  I got to see a couple of my siblings and some assorted nieces and nephews.  AND…I did have one surprise while I was there.  Check it out here.  Thanks for stopping by…what did you do over the weekend?  Have you found his hand in the fog?


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