Monday, December 19, 2011

Daily Bread Today: All Is Well

I just want to share what I read this morning. You never know, it might be just what you need to get through the day.
Recently, my husband and I were reacquainted with a young man we had known as a child many years ago. We fondly reminisced about a Christmas program when Matthew had sung—in a perfect boy soprano—the song “All Is Well” by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Michael W. Smith. It was a wonderful memory of a song beautifully sung. 
All is well, all is well; Lift up your voice and sing. Born is now Emmanuel, Born is our Lord and Savior. Sing Alleluia, sing Alleluia, all is well. 
To hear the words of that song at Christmastime is comforting to many. But some people are unable to absorb the message because their lives are in turmoil. They’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, persistent unemployment, a serious illness, or depression that will not go away. Their hearts loudly cry out, “All is not well—not for me!” 
But for those of us who celebrate the birth of our Savior—despite the dark night of the soul we may experience—all is well because of Christ. We are not alone in our pain. God is beside us and promises never to leave (Heb. 13:5). He promises that His grace will be sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). He promises to supply all our needs (Phil. 4:19). And He promises us the amazing gift of eternal life (John 10:27-28). 
As we review God’s promises, we can agree with the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who wrote, “Before me, even as behind, God is, and all is well.” 
God’s peace pillows the head when God’s promises calm the heart.
I read it before starting my day, and as I get ready to settle down for the night, I find myself so drained that I need to be reminded once again. All might not be well because of many external factors that cause inner turmoil, but I am hoping that this passage will help with a good night's sleep. Right now, I'll settle for a dreamless one!

Via Our Daily Bread

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