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September 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

A Nugget from my Spiritual Journey - October 2015

   Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up taking piano lessons and have served as a church musician for almost 60 years. I remember back when churches began to be introduced to "choruses" instead of "just hymns." I have always been involved in accompanying or singing both styles for most of that time. However, when Life becomes, shall we say, challenging, it is the words to those familiar hymns that come to me readily in my time(s) of need.

   Our daughter is currently experiencing great health needs. Many additional circumstances of her life make it seem like there are insurmountable obstacles all around. Yet, both despite and because of multiple circumstances that are seemingly impossible to navigate, our family is walking through this time with unbelievable peace, although we cannot see the future at all in any of this! Step by step, God is at work, unfolding His plan and giving each one of us wisdom in how to be available to help her. He is making provisions we could not have foreseen and is bringing people into our lives who are not only good resources but who are also great encouragers.   

   What does that have to do with music? Because much of what we believe from the Bible as a Christian family has been so beautifully expressed in hymns that are also implanted in our hearts. As we have been maneuvering through the logistics and emotions of it all, the words to these hymns are ringing true...

"Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine...Oh what a foretaste of glory divine..."

"Trust and Obey...For there's no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey..."

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness...Oh God my Father...Morning by morning, new mercies I see...All I have needed Thy hand hath provided..."

"No, Never Alone, No Never Alone...He promised never to leave me alone...."

“Because He Lives…I can face tomorrow…Because He lives all fear is gone…Because I know He holds the future…And life is worth the living just because He lives.”


{P.S. Yes, we would love to have your prayers!}

Marsha Cook

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