A couple of weeks ago I heard this song while listening to one of my stations on Pandora. The artist is Sandi Patty – and she is singing this on a family cruise. Her husband and family happened to be in the audience that night and she dedicated the song to them.
The lyrics to this prayer are personal to her, yet relate-able to all of us. Sometimes I am overwhelmed with problems of the day. Insecurities that would try to rob me of the tiniest of blessings. I feel good one day, the next I’m faced with emotions that threaten to overcome me. It is in times like these that this song is a comfort. It is a solid reminder of the love of God in my life – even when I don’t feel it. He is holding me, giving me peace and strength to go on. Helping me to make good choices, to set myself apart from mediocrity and complacency. And most of all – to learn to share with others and give my life away.
If you are like me and have those good and bad times, this is a great reminder of the love that God has for you. Not just when you’re feeling up and things are going your way – but in the not so great times, when things are dark and foreboding. When there seems like there is no help in sight – or anyone who understands.
This song is for you.
That you would know the love of God
That you would grow to love his truth
Savor him and know that he is good
To know he dances over you
And that he finds delight in loving you
He made you he formed you for his own
I pray you’ll always keep the faith
And find your life in God alone
When darkness comes you’ll hide inside his love
Cause when the night takes over day
Jesus will always be your only way
His hand will calm the fears that cloud your soul
That you will give your life away
And that your hands will always share his tenderness
Your feet will walk the road that leads to peace
That you’d bring honor to his name
That you would know him well
And make him Lord
This is his plan; this is my prayer for you
This is his plan; this is my prayer for you
This is my prayer for you
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I am at a Starbucks out of town, while on a road trip with Greg. I noticed when walking in this place that it was unusually crowded. I peered around for a vacant table – and then I saw it. The only empty table in the place. A lonely LARGE table. This table holds eight people. It is empty. There are many smaller tables around it – all full. It is awkward. Little old me at such a large table. By myself. Alone.
Throughout the years I have witnessed people alone at a table for two in restaurants. I'm sure they are uncomfortable. They avoid eye contact, are often reading a book or a magazine and trying to “appear” busy. At the few times I have found myself alone out in public having to eat alone at a table for two – it is very awkward. I try not to feel that way – but the society in which we live – dictates that to be alone means something dreadful and sad. You feel people watching you – you want to scream, “I'm only alone because I am choosing it” but it is no use. Alone is alone. No matter how you slice it.
Many people find themselves alone at different seasons in life. Usually it is not planned, can happen suddenly and takes them by surprise. Being alone is an unpleasant prospect. Being alone out in public – even scarier. Especially for women.
I have often marveled at how people, once in a long-term relationship and suddenly alone, can begin again. They takes the necessary steps to go out in public again – and even after time *gasp* – begin the thought process of dating again. *Double gasp* The first time around is scary enough for anyone – why oh WHY would anyone choose to do it again? – I've always thought. But at the same time – I am amazed and warmed by those who have not only taken steps to not be alone – but actually find someone else. The chances for 'love the second time around' are really great!! And I have witnessed this marvel – many times over the years. Usually it is a long time friend, who also finds them-self alone or in this technically advanced society – through online dating sites.
The holidays can be wonderful – but also very lonely. Especially for those who have lost a mate, child or friend. There are so many sad songs surrounding the holidays. Some of the best lyrics involve sadness and loss. You would have to be intensely naive – to think that this season is automatically joyful for all.
If you are alone this season, the best thing you can do is get out and be with people. Attend a church service, holiday concert or an invite to a Christmas party. You may find that the warmth of friendship is your anchor and will bring you additional courage in the months to come. And because you are alone – your relationship with others in your life will become much more precious and you will now have time to renew old ties. If you have The Lord in your life – you know how much of a comfort it is to have a friend that “sticks closer than a brother” and who knows it all. He will become more dear to you during this time.
If you know someone who is alone for the first time this season – invite them over. Be a friend. Look around. Notice the ones who are alone in your church services. Get involved. Show gentleness and compassion. Spread love around. Sprinkle kindness. Stir in humor. Fold in understanding. Bring true meaning to the season this year. Make someone's Christmas truly special. You may be the only person who can.
If my feet are happy – then everything about me is also happy. I have worn my share of uncomfortable shoes over the years – high heel torture devices meant to pinch the toes and cause all sorts of trouble to the feet, not the least of which are bunions and in-grown toenails.
Years ago I learned that high heels are not good for anyone to wear and even now years later the highest heel I will wear (for special occasions) is about 2 inches tall. Things like my daughters wedding (those strappy sandals were MURDER on my feet – but they were very dainty and pretty. And other very formal events that require a heel in order for the outfit to look right.
Now a days, you will see me in clogs, tennis shoes, clarks sandals or my new favorite, Bob's canvas slip-ons. My favorite (and only pair) are silver glitter and SO COMFORTABLE!!! I do have orthotics that I put inside of every pair of shoes – or else an insert made for the high arch. Otherwise, to me they just wouldn't be as comfortable. I need my arches cushioned and supported or my feet are NOT happy campers.
A true test of comfort? Walking around for a few hours at Pike Street Market in Seattle. Those glitter shoes passed with flying colors and they're pretty too 🙂
I found mine at Amazon.com for about $34 with free shipping.
Ah yes – comfort.
What do your feet wear for comfort?
A couple of weeks ago my husband did a memorial service for a 16-year-old girl who died tragically from a gun-shot wound. And last night a young 17-year-old girl from the church body where we were on staff for 13 years – was killed in an automobile accident.
Both of these events – as well as many more this past year, seem senseless and hard to understand. I can’t even begin to know the depth of sorrow that the family members and close friends are going through. It is one of life’s biggest mysteries. But I also believe that these lives are in God’s hands – and sometimes when you have no other explanation for things that happen – it is reassuring and comforting to know.
One of my favorite older Michael W. Smith songs is a song called ‘I hear Leesha’ – written about a young girl lost in a car accident. It is reported that she was the younger of two sisters in the car – and the older one survived. The older sister had a terrible time over the loss until she had a vision where she saw her sister in heaven telling her,”I’m okay”. It’s a very moving and powerful song – especially if you’ve ever lost anyone close to you.
This song is dedicated to the families of these two girls – and I am praying that you will find comfort in your time of deepest darkness and sorrow.
Seems like it was only yesterday
She was living here
Yea, she was living here
Lord knows why He’s taken her away
It isn’t very clear, no it isn’t very clear
Into every life a little rain must fall
And losing one you love is like a storm
But storms are passing
I hear Leesha
Singing in heaven tonight
And in between the sadness
I hear Leesha
Telling me that she’s alright
Life goes on even after life
That’s what I believe
Yea, that’s what I believe
Leesha’s gone, but she will still survive
In a memory that I’m keeping here with me
Silencing the voice of mortal tragedy
Listening to whispers of the soul
All is peaceful