Peace Is In The Shadows, For His Love is Everywhere

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Peace Can Be Found

Peace. On the worst day ever, with the most impossible circumstances, and in midst of the loudest mind-attack you’re able to imagine.

Years ago Tom Dorsey wrote a song, still popular today, that was inspired by the turmoil going on world wide at the time. He said, “It was just before Hitler sent his war chariots into Western Europe in the late 1930s. I was on a train going through southern Indiana and saw horses, cows and sheep all grazing together in this little valley. Everything seemed so peaceful. It made me question, “What’s the matter with mankind? Why can’t men live in peace?” Out of those thoughts came “Peace in the Valley.”

Here are the lyrics in part:

“Oh well, I’m tired and so weary

But I must go alone

Till the Lord comes and calls, calls me away, oh yes

Well the morning’s so bright

And the lamp is alight

And the night, night is as black as the sea, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, someday

There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray

There’ll be no sadness, no sorrow

No trouble, trouble I see

There will be peace in the valley for me, for me”

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Everything Will Be All Right

Is there anyone alive who has not had dark days?  Anyone who has not cried out in anguish, praying that the pain will go away?  Another song says pain makes us stronger.  My dark days draw me closer to my Heavenly Father, leaning in for a hug, drawing close for the comfort only He can give.

At a time when my world had crashed and I was almost literally unable to reach out even to God, a friend did not leave me alone.  She made me get out, eat her special comfort foods (at least try to put a few forkfuls in), and she gave me cards, notes, and a special puzzle that she said needed to be circulated.  When I came through this valley, she said, I was to pass it on to someone else who was struggling.  The puzzle said, “Everything will be all right in the end.  If it’s not all right, it’s not the end.”

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This little wooden puzzle held together with frayed twine is still sitting right here beside my computer, because I’ve never come to a place where I can totally get rid of it.  Some days I could, easily, but when I try to pass it on, something holds me back.  I think it’s because it was such an excruciating time, and it was the little things like this that people did that carried me through.  It is so important to reach out, in any little way you can.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes

were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace…” ­ — Ephesians 2:13-14

A Hummy Sort of Day

Since this post is featuring a card from our “A Hummy Sort of Day Collection, I found some  A. A. Milne words that apply here, too.  “Promise me you’ll always remember.  You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

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This card is part of a collection of spring greeting cards A Hummy Sort of Day,” named after a selection in Winnie the Pooh.