Sunday, January 25, 2009

What a Friend!

You know how much I love old hymns, such richness in their lyrics, a gift of inspiration and encouragement given to us.

Here's another favourite from my childhood, I delight in it and know you will too

What A Friend We Have in Jesus
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge,
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to
Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there
will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship
will be our sweet portion there.

Words: Joseph Scriven (1857)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Foster Care ~ making a difference, giving hope......

I began fostering a teenage girl three and half months ago. It's been a steep learning curve, the personal challenges have been many, but I wouldn't change a thing!

To have the honour of showing her how family life can be; loving, peaceful and safe from harm, is indeed a privilege and a blessing to my whole family. To give her aspirational opportunities to be the best she can be, to love and accept her while gently guiding her and encouraging her is far more rewarding than I might have ever imagined.

This experience is also highlighting my responsibilities to my own children and grandchildren, something I have always taken very seriously but I see it illuminated even further now, surely by the grace of our loving God.

Maybe you can make a difference to a child's life today? Maybe it's your own child or grandchild. Maybe it's a friend or neighbors child? Do whatever it takes, if you can make a difference in one child's life then you need to do it. Open the door to a new way of thinking and a new awareness of what really matters in "the big picture" that is your earthly life.

You too can make an eternal difference.