Old Man Trouble

From the words of British pastor and theologian, Charles Spurgeon:  “The closer we are to the Shepherd, the safer we are from the wolves.”

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Encountering another of life’s setbacks

Visitor from the darkness shouts, “I am back”


Old Man Trouble comes knocking at my front door

Relentless, he desires to even the score


How will I choose to deal with adversity?

His darkness masks the sky over this city


Tackle straight forward what Old Man Trouble brings

Or . . . wait timidly for his continued sting


God’s Word teaches us and brings us hope:


We all live preciously in God’s perfect sight

He gathers us in His loving, Holy might


Past—present—future . . . from the Great I Am

Making it through turbulent seas for each lamb


Through desolate wilderness, God shares a way

Bringing rivers of hope to this life’s gateway

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Looking Old Man Trouble in his doom-filled eyes

With faithful courage, my hope begins to rise


Life waits to see . . . who will finally blink first?

With God’s living water, quenching my parched thirst


Listening, following God’s steadfast handbook

His love will save me with a whole new outlook


Bringing Godly fortitude, when needed most

Old Man Trouble defeated, nothing to boast

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From Isaiah 43:2-3:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

8 thoughts on “Old Man Trouble

  1. Ah yes, {{{Richard}}}, “Through desolate wilderness, God shares a way/ Bringing rivers of hope to this life’s gateway.” He does that. His rivers of hope are alive and well… especially after hearing Jill Biden and seeing the video with John McCain… I have hope that some people who need to be led to that gateway caught a glimpse of what might be. And tomorrow’s speech by Kamala might be another beacon of hope. Are these vessels of needed peace to come? I am still holding out for “Peace on Earth as there is in Heaven.”

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      • There certainy is a lot to pray about. Thank God I believe He hears. Thank God I know He responds, He cares, and He is in control. May we as a nation and as a world learn the lessons these challenges are trying to teach us!! Yes, we need the Peace of God in our souls… and we need to share that peace that only He can give… ❤ God bless you! ❤

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