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Dark Night of the Soul - Tuesday's Dose - 25th September 2012

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Tuesday's Dose - 25th September 2012

Dark Night of the Soul

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God" - (Luke 12:6, NIV). 

William Cowper, poet and hymn writer, who lived from 1731-1800 in England, apparently suffered from fits of melancholy and frequent attacks of spiritual despair which led to two suicide attempts.

On one of these occasions during a time of deep despair and a dark night of the soul, on a foggy night he set out from his home in
London with the intention of jumping into the River Thames to end
his life.

He got hopelessly lost in the fog and wandered blind for some time.Eventually, lost and confused, he walked into a home to get out of the fog. And the home he walked into? It was his own.

He sat down and penned the words of the beloved hymn:

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Dear reader, if you are going through a dark night of the soul right
now and it feels that God is far away, be assured he is standing in
the shadows and as he knows about every sparrow he knows all about you and he cares.

When we commit and trust our life to God every day, "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy will come in the morning"—even if it is eventually!

Prayer: "Our Loving Father in Heaven, in my despair let me not grow weary in trusting you, but renew my faith and use my present pain to make me a better, stronger person so I can comfort others as they struggle through their journey of despair and pain. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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