You Raise Me Up

The Lord is MY SHEPHERD
Psalm 23


Today was one of those introspective days… you know when you can’t help but think about the happenings in our world around us and the families in which we live, and even in our own personal lives. Shirley’s Page High School Reunion Ladies who meet each month for a luncheon reported last week that six of their classmates have died since March. A lot of people we know (our age people) are going through some very rough medical situations. Shirley has basal cell cancer on her nose requiring surgery in later November. Her sister has thyroid cancer and will go through treatments. I have gained 30 pounds since April even though I am daily consuming only 1500MG of calories and 1500MG of sodium. Something is going wrong somewhere. My thyroid levels are off but not that much. One of the docs thinks it is liver related. These things could be serious or just scary. It is getting to where our prayer list could have us praying half the day.

I also am deeply troubled by the actions of the world around us… spoiled, fighting kids in charge of countries that want to do away with each other… nuke each other. Yes, I am talking about North Korea and the United States. One very respected four star general believes Trump is leading us to nuclear war with North Korea by next summer. That scares me to death… not so much for me, but for my grandkids. My grandson has just turned 16 years old. A war anytime soon could catch him in a required reestablished military draft. I’ve been in war (not a nuke war) and I don’t think war settles anything except to take innocent young men and expose them to unspeakable horror, terror, and inhumanity.

As I was pondering all our conditions and situations Josh Groban’s song, “You Raise Me Up”, came on the radio. It came as a word from God to bring us the affirmation of His presence in the midst of our deepest time of trial. Please read these words as a prayer and let them flow deep within your soul bathing your spirit in the assurance of a God who loves you more than you can even imagine. Feel the healing begin and accept the comfort and strength it brings.

 

Josh Groban  “You Raise Me Up”

 When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Heavenly Father, raise me up on your shoulders: To more than I can be.  Amen.

Grace and Peace
Steve

 

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