Scripture reading

Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

–John 14:1

Thought of the Day

Music has been around since the beginnings of time. I am sure that Adam probably made up a romantic ditty for his beloved Eve. It must have been hard for old Adam since there are just not that many words that rhyme with Eve. I can think of leave, cleave, heave, peeve, and weave. Not the most romantic words for sure. Music has always been comforting and a great release for people. Most of the great songs of all time come from real life experiences of the songwriters. Back in 1867, a professor of history, William Francis Allen wrote a collection of songs made popular by American slaves brought from Africa. In it were the first written words of the song, NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN. Here are the words of the old Negro spiritual.

Oh, nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows but Jesus,
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. Glory Hallelujah!
Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down; Oh, yes, Lord;
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground, Oh, yes, Lord.
Although you see me going along, Oh, yes, Lord;
I have my trials here below, Oh, yes, Lord.

I love the words of this song. You know, when you accept Jesus, it doesn’t mean that all your troubles go away and your life is perfect. It does mean that you don’t have to go through those troubles alone. You are not alone because Jesus the Christ understands those troubles. He understands them and He understands you. He is there to help you make it through those tough times. He is there to surround you with His love and concern. Never ever forget this fact.


Lord, I know you know me. Thanks be to God. Amen

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