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Summary: I heard of a Pastor who asks his congregation a question. He asks, in your time of trials and discouragement, what is your favorite scripture in the Bible that gives you strength and encouragement? A young man said, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not

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It will com e to pass.

I heard of a Pastor who asks his congregation a question. He asks, in your time of trials and discouragement, what is your

favorite scripture in the Bible that gives you strength and encouragement?

A young man said, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. That’s found in Psalm 23:1 Pastor, the boy said.

A middle age woman said, God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1.

Another woman said, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world you shall have

tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:3

Another said, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Then an elderly man who was in his 80's, with a head of white hair and wrinkled skin, began to shake as he stood up and

said, and it came to pass 85 times in the Bible.

The church started to laugh a little thinking that the lack of memory was getting the best of him. When the snickering

stopped, he said. At 30 I lost my job with six hungry mouths and a wife to feed. I didn't know how I would make it.

At 40 my eldest son was killed overseas in the war. It knocked me down. At 50 my house burned to the ground. Nothing

was saved out of the house. At 60 my wife of 40 years got cancer. It slowly ate away at her. We cried together many a

night on our knees in prayer. At 65 she died. I still miss her today.

The agony I went through in each of these situations was unbelievable. I wondered where God was. But each time I

looked in the Bible I saw one of those 85 verses that said, and it came to pass. I felt that God was telling me, my pain and

my circumstances were also going to pass and that God would get me through it.

We all have gone through and will go through things in our life that seem just unbearable. Sometimes it seems God has

abandoned us and we ask….where are you Lord?

During the storm Sandy this week I watched the news of one story after another with different tragedies to different people

trying to rise above their loss and heartache but, it was the same storm that caused it all. For some it was loss of life at sea

or by car accidents. For some it was losing their home by flood or wind and for some it was just power outage for a few

hours but, that was a very important occurrence in their life at the time.

Things are going to happen in our life that will discourage us, knock us down, step on us and sometimes even smear us

under the big feet of life and we ask…..where are you Lord?

We all have the same weaknesses….we all hurt…we all have loss. We all go through things that just seem unbearable.

Sometimes the hurting and pain is within and no one knows….but God does.

Here is a poem with the author stated as unknown…I believe I know who wrote it…our Lord…He brings troubles to pass.

Is there no other way open God except through sorrow, pain, and loss to stamp Christ’s likeness on my

soul…..is there no other way except the cross? And then a voice stills all my soul as stilled the waves of


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