I’ve purposefully been avoiding the news, but turn it on occasionally when I need a weather update. I did so yesterday and my avoidance of the ugliness in this world woke me to a striking reminder of the state of our country. I won’t go on and on about the negative news, the innapropriate behavior, the craziness that has become normal, but want instead to talk about the rest of the day.

As I saw stories unfold about mass shootings – senseless loss of life – illegal fireworks being strewn across the streets of Minneapolis on what was supposed to be a celebration of our country’s birth – a neighbor who has been abused and used by a homeless young woman to the point of his not accepting the fact that she is an addict – sadness abounding all around me – friends struggling with life threatening diseases – the words of a hymn popped into my head. “Jesus, Savior, Pilot me.” It’s an old hymn, written by John Edgar Gould (1822-1875), a Bangor, Maine, native who was a composer, publisher, and merchant in New York City. It’s funny how those old hymns pop into my head from time to time. Maybe it’s because I’m getting closer to reaching heaven. Maybe, the songs we learned as children have more meaning to us as we grow old. The last verse of this lovely hymn is as follows:

Though death’s valley I may pass,
Still Thy grace will fear surpass;
In Thy presence I will rest,
And, while leaning on Thy breast,
I will hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee.

As those words whirled around in my head, another problem surfaced. Paul and I went to his doctor and discovered that he needed an emergency surgery. I could see my Pilot guiding the entire situation. It took no time at all to get through to the doctor – to schedule an appointment and to get to the hospital for the surgery all within a few hours. The words of that last verse were an assurance that God is still in control, even though everything around me seemed to be falling apart. When we trust in His unfailing love and guidance, we can make it through any storm, no matter how treacherous or hopeless it may seem. Trust in His protection. He is there for us in all circumstances. We can’t change our circumstances, but we can have hope for a much better future when we are guided by the Master.

Paul is recovering well. I know this is just another chapter in our journey together. I am confident that God will use this and everything that happens in our lives, to fulfill His will for us. I can rest in that knowledge.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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10 Responses to BE MY ANCHOR, LORD

  1. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Prayers for you, Paul and your family. So glad he is doing well. The older I become, the closer I hear God and see the changes. Getting older can be a gift.

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  2. BT says:

    Blessings to you both… A good share in light of the darkness surrounding us.

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  3. tamweary says:

    Bless the Lord! He had your plane all gassed up to go…no matter the cost of the fuel!! God is Awesome…My prayers are with you and Paul for complete healing and total restoration🙏🏾

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  4. Rebecca says:

    A good reminder of how important it is to hold on to the peace of God that passes understanding, knowing that He is in control of all. I’m glad to hear that Paul is doing well.

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  5. Adelheid says:

    Prayers for Paul. 🙏🏻

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  6. Praises abound! Jesus pilots our faith journey through life’s highest mountains and lowest valleys. Praises and prayers for the prompt medical attention for Paul as well as his continuing recovery.

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