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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

23 October 2013

HOPE, Kindred Spirits 10-23-13

As we journey on life's path, I believe God places kindred spirits along the way - to encourage, to affirm, to inspire, to help us continue to grow into what we were created to be. To me those people are ones who feel like family almost instantaneously. One such kindred spirit for me is a writer and poet friend. We both share a love for nature & the world God created. Yesterday he posted a poem about a time of day that we both love, the golden hour. I am honored that he used one of my photographs with it.

The Golden Hour

At day’s end as the sun drops low

There comes a treasured glow

Of golden hue

That calms one’s view
And soothes the restless soul.

The inner din is gently hushed;
The need to rush is waned;
Cares and fears are dropped or lost;
An ease of mind, regained.

It’s often then
That lovers reach
To hold each other’s hand,
And sailors gaze out from the deck
Without a thought of land,
And those who toil
May stop a while,
And those who play may slow,
And those who wander
Feel they’ve come
Upon a place of home,

And those at war may feel a peace
That swells from deep within,
And those in peace a comfort feel
That warms the heart again.

The golden hour,
The golden hour,
Its magic is a spell
Cast broad upon
All those who pause
And for some moments dwell
Within its space
Wherein is found
A time when all is well.

© 2013 by Chuck Kellum

God's provisions for us extend far beyond what we could imagine or plan. The Word says that he goes before us & behind us. Often in times when we are struggling with something, God sends a kindred spirit alongside to point our eyes back to God with thanksgiving. I look at these kindred spirits in the same way I look at the golden hour. In the words of my friend:
"Its magic is a spell
Cast broad upon
All those who pause
And for some moments dwell
Within its space
Wherein is found
A time when all is well."

God doesn't intend for us to walk this path alone. I wonder who God has waiting around the corner to be a kindred spirit with YOU?
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer." Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10 & 12
Linking October 2013 with The Nesting Place
 for the 31-day Challenge

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