Tuesday, July 12, 2011
There was a brief time in my life when I suffered from panic attacks.
One of the most frightening things about those attacks was the loneliness. The feeling of being absolutely alone.
In my sane moments I would recognize how silly that fear was. But when I was beside myself with anxiety I wasn't thinking rationally.
Thinking rationally and clearly I remember with joy:
It is the Lord who goes before you.
he will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.
And I like the words of the old hymn, Standing on the Promises: "Standing on the promises that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail..."
I'm also encouraged by the words of another old song I recall from memory but can't find in my song books: "No never alone..., No never alone, never ever to leave me, never to leave me alone."
Others may leave us--forsake us, but God---NEVER!