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"You'll Never Walk Alone" . . .

"You'll Never Walk Alone" . . .

 
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."  Psalm 23: 4-5 (KJV) 
 
"You'll Never Walk Alone"  is a show tune from the second act of Carousel, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from 1945.  Most of my generation was exposed to tune through Jerry Lewis, who always concluded his Labor Day MDA Telethon by singing it.
 
It's a brilliant piece of art, and if you get someone who can really sing it . . . and they bring their A-game, it's hard to listen to without crying, at least a little . . . which is exactly what happened to me at a recent funeral.
 
"Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone . . .."
 
Hundreds of years before Rogers and Hammerstein created the song, another good writer and musician wrote the same thing.  A shepherd boy who became king David . . . recorded for all generations a clear picture of the Lord as our Great Shepherd.  He is with us in "the valley of the shadow of death," but remember too what Jesus does for us "all the days" of our lives.
 
Because of His rich goodness and mercy, we never walk alone.
 
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."  Psalm 23:6(KJV) 
 
           
 
 
 
Teddy Allen
 
 
Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher
Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
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The Only One Who Knows . . .

The Only One Who Knows . . .
 
 ". . . God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'"  Hebrews 13:5
(NIV) 
 
Pandemic. Tornado. Hurricanes.  And recently another kind of bluster overnight?  A snow blizzard?
 
Is today January 26, 2021?  Or is it December 57, 2020?  Because it sure feels like it's still 2020.
 
Will anything make sense again?  Will there ever be another "ordinary" day, the kind we used to complain about when "nothing happened" and life was "boring"?  Looking in the rear-view mirror, those seem like awfully good times now.
 
Thank goodness, although things change, God does not.  The calendar flips, but God does not.  "Truth" shifts among the people, depending on how the cultural wind is blowing, but God's truth is eternal, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
 
Think back on how things have turned out for you when you were faithful, when the darkest hour was just before dawn.  God knows what we're dealing with down here.  He's not really "by your side" . . . He's leading the way.  You're His favorite and I'm His favorite, hard as that is to believe.  Joseph and Moses and Jesus Himself will each tell you from experience that when things seem lost for a child of God, they aren't.
 
Every day with your coffee and newspaper, you think, "I've never seen this before." But God has.  He will never leave you . . . and He will make a way.  Trust and obey.  Not only is He the most true friend you could ever have, He's the only one who will hold your hand all the time, no matter what, and He's the only one who knows what lies ahead.
 
As the old song goes . . . "I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand."
 
"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all."  Psalm 34:19 (NIV)  
   
         
 
 
 
Teddy Allen
 
 
Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher
Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. X, No. 01-02TA -- Archived
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"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" . . .

"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" . . .
 
"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."  1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 (NKJV) 
  • Are we going to try to "do better" in 2021?   Great.  But that won't get us into heaven.
  •  Will you aim to give more, try more, learn more?   OK.  But that won't get you into heaven either.
  • Awesome that you've planned to become a missionary and move to the most remote part of the earth to spread the Good News.   But you don't get a key to heaven for that.
By ourselves, even collectively, we can't do enough to buy God's favor.  What we can do is meet His Son, accept the gift of grace, believe through faith, and become sons and daughters.
 
The cross is the Good News . . . and news is, by definition, news AFTER it has happened.  It's already been done.  There were requirements for man to enter heaven.  Jesus fulfilled those. He lived among us the life none of us could live.  And by grace, He offers to stand before God and defend each of us who is willing to have faith, to believe in Him because of what He did was for us, for each one of us, individually.  He lived a perfect live, died a death we should have died, and was resurrected by the perfect Father.
 
If it had been only you or only me, Christ Jesus would have still set His eyes on Calvary.
 
Our mission is to set our eyes on Him.
 
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace."
-- Howarth Lemmel
           
 
 
 
Teddy Allen
 
Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year Award--2019; Sports Announcer; Bible Teacher
Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. X, No. 01-01TA -- Archived
Dr. Nelda Hughes Spinks, Professor Emerita--Editor and Publisher
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