“The Valley”

I know so many of you haven’t been feeling well or have little ones who are sick.  I was making my list of people to pray for that are either sick, had  surgery, or are going to have surgery and I was taken aback at the number of people I know that are having physical trials.

It reminded me of the book I had just finished reading:  My Wife Her Shining Life by Dr. Jim Rosscup.  It is “the chronicles” if you will, of both the author and his wife’s genealogy and their life together as a married couple.  You have to marvel at the grace of God even before the author was called to serve Him.  His wife’s life was filled with struggles as she lived with a lung disease and she struggled to breath on a daily basis.  It seemed like her life was marked by one hardship after another.  I could see why her husband loved her to pieces, for in her weakness she showed great strength.  He pretty much credits all of his accomplishments, besides to the Lord, to her.  Their story is a beautiful picture of the oneness God intended for marriage.

He quotes some of the stanzas of  her favorite poem (pg. 216) and I can see why she loved it so much.  It is a call to bear up under our struggles with great courage and faith.  May it encourage you in your affliction this day.


The Valley

“I have been through the valley of weeping,

The valley of sorrow and pain;

But the ‘God of all comfort’ was with me,

At hand to uphold and sustain.


“When He leads through some valley of trouble,

His powerful hand we can trace;

For the trials and sorrows He sends us

Are part of His lessons of grace.


“Oft we shrink from the purging and pruning,

Forgetting the Husbandman knows

The deeper the cutting and pruning,

The richer the cluster that grows.

“As we travel through life’s shadowed valley,

Fresh springs of His love ever rise;

And we learn that our sorrows and losses

Are blessings just sent in disguise.


“So we’ll follow wherever He leadeth,

Though pathways be dreary of bright;

For we’ve proof that our God can give comfort,

Our God can give songs in the night.”


— Author Unknown




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