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Sabbath Rest – Faith to be Strong

EllieCropIn less than a week there will be an official High School Graduate in the family. Truly. She’s smart and beautiful and creative and kind and funny. And while her nest-leaving won’t be for a while yet (she’s heading off to Kent State in the fall), already our prayers are intensified as she stretches her wings and embarks on her next great adventure. The world is kinda crazy out there these days (did our parents say the same thing?), so I dedicate this song to you! May the Father always give you the Faith to be Strong!

Faith to be Strong
by Andrew Peterson

Give us faith to be strong
Father, we are so weak
Our bodies are fragile and weary
As we stagger and stumble to walk where you lead
Give us faith to be strong

Give us faith to be strong
Give us strength to be faithful
This life is not long, but it’s hard
Give us grace to go on
Make us willing and able
Lord, give us faith to be strong

Give us peace when we’re torn
Mend us up when we break
This flesh can be wounded and shaking
When there’s much too much trouble for one heart to take
Give us peace when we’re torn

Give us faith to be strong
Give us strength to be faithful
This life is not long, but it’s hard
Give us grace to go on
Make us willing and able
Lord, give us faith to be strong

Give us hearts to find hope
Father, we cannot see
How the sorrow we feel can bring freedom
And as hard as we try, Lord, it’s hard to believe
So, give us hearts to find hope

Give us faith to be strong
Give us strength to be faithful
This life is not long, but it’s hard
Give us grace to go on
Make us willing and able
Lord, give us faith to be strong
Give us peace when we’re torn
Give us faith, faith to be strong

This Extra Day

Did you have a good Leap Day? Ours was a little different in that we went to a funeral. It’s not often that we get to say a final good-bye to a SOWER friend, let alone join in her celebration of life. Let me go back to the beginning….
We met Dave and Edie on our third SOWER project, Green Isle Boys Ranch in Clermont, FL. It was our first big group
Green Isle Group
(That’s Dave and Edie standing behind us, if you can recognize the 2005 us!) and we were just a little overwhelmed. Okay, a lot overwhelmed. Dave and Edie, along with several other dear couples, took us newbies under their wing (wings?) and were a tremendous help to us as we started this SOWER journey. They encouraged us to go to our first SOWER reunion, and keep on serving our LORD.  I’m not going to tell you that we stayed in constant contact, but that didn’t really matter. A special bond was formed and time and distance did not diminish it.
While we never actually worked a SOWER project together with them again, we saw them at the SOWER FL reunion in 2007 and we connected in 2010 when we stopped at their home in N. Chili, NY and did some sightseeing along the Erie Canal.
EdieandDave
The following year we met up with them for a lovely dinner with friends in Lake Wales when we were traveling through the area.
Lake Aurora Reunion-3

UntitledAh, Edie! You and Dave were such an encouragement to Gary and I, and even though we might not have connected often in the flesh, I believe we have always been connected in our hearts.  Heaven’s gain is surely our loss. We are so thankful that we were able to join in the celebration of your beautiful life today – and were able to give that Dave of yours some good SOWER family hugs! You will be missed, dear friend!
Love from your ‘newbie’ SOWER friend,
Steph

 

Sabbath Rest – Faith to be Strong

I usually share a hymn on Sundays, and while you may never sing this song in church, it certainly speaks to our fallen condition. And lifts us up to find the hope that is in Christ!

Faith to be Strong
by Andrew Peterson

Give us faith to be strong
Father, we are so weak
Our bodies are fragile and weary
As we stagger and stumble to walk where you lead
Give us faith to be strong

Give us faith to be strong
Give us strength to be faithful
This life is not long, but it’s hard
Give us grace to go on
Make us willing and able
Lord, give us faith to be strong

Give us peace when we’re torn
Mend us up when we break
This flesh can be wounded and shaking
When there’s much too much trouble for one heart to take
Give us peace when we’re torn

Give us faith to be strong
Give us strength to be faithful
This life is not long, but it’s hard
Give us grace to go on
Make us willing and able
Lord, give us faith to be strong

Give us hearts to find hope
Father, we cannot see
How the sorrow we feel can bring freedom
And as hard as we try, Lord, it’s hard to believe
So, give us hearts to find hope

Give us faith to be strong
Give us strength to be faithful
This life is not long, but it’s hard
Give us grace to go on
Make us willing and able
Lord, give us faith to be strong
Give us peace when we’re torn
Give us faith, faith to be strong