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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee, Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not” Thomas Chisholm / W.M. Runyan

Where is life taking you? Where is God in the midst of all your struggles, pain and turmoil? 

elderly man photoI was pricked by a picture that a Facebook ‘friend’ but on his post. It showed three emaciated  African children of a very young age. The meme made a comment about the terribleness of God’s plan. I had to agree with this point.

Let me say it plainly that there are terrible things in this world. There is endless war fueled by greed, there are death and destruction as a result along with refugees. People suffer greatly from poverty because those who have superabundance refuses to share with those in dire need. People suffer from diseases and society, in general, is simply cruel. If you identify as a Christian and these things don’t trouble you, if you look at the evil in the world and don’t want to make it right, then I question the very core of your faith.

I could quote a hundred scriptures but I will refer to only one, Mathew 25. There Jesus clearly says that “Whatever ye have done to the least of them ye have done unto me.” That means how you treat another is equivalent to how you treat God. So when you pass by that hungry person on the street and you either give him food or you don’t, well that’s how you’re treating Jesus. And when you are planning that lavish vacation but there are people in dire straits a few communities away, that’s Jesus your ignoring.

I understand perfectly well why there is so much evil in this world. Since Adam and Eve partook of the fruit and disobeyed God, sin entered into this world. Most of the hardships in the world are caused directly by the hand of man. That is both societal and personal. We are given free choice and we make terrible choices. Also, God allows a person that is doing great to suffer harshly. The vine that bears fruit is purged. It is a simple agricultural analogy. When a vine bears a lot of fruit the vinedresser cuts the vine. While in the short term this hurts the vine severely, in the long run, the harvest becomes more abundant. So if you are suffering for something, just like Job, you may be totally innocent of wrongdoing.

Still knowing the answers does not take away the pain and anguish of suffering. My heart breaks every day when I think about the evil that man is doing to his fellow man. It doesn’t need to be this way. We can all live together in peace and prosperity. The solution is simple, just reject the lust for mammon and replace it with the love of man.

Every morning when I wake up I look at my clock. I stay up late in the night either studying or writing. After that, it takes me a couple of hours for sleep to set in. I am very worried about my finances and my situation. My wife Sylvia has dementia and needs around the clock care. I cannot get a job to take care of her and it is my dream that my writing will provide for our finances. Every day I determine in my mind that the latest I will get up is eleven in the morning.

Getting out of bed the first thing I do is kneel in prayer and then get about my morning routine. I need to bathe Sylvia, clean the bed, dress her, shower myself, put the laundry in, give her her medicine, cook breakfast and then feed her. Right now I am writing this as I am waiting for the oatmeal to cool down so I can feed her. I get no break from this daily routine. If I am feeling tired or ill I still must carry on.

This morning I found the song “Great Is The Faithfulness” on my tongue. It surprised me as I hadn’t heard that song in over a decade. The song spoke to me and it gave me hope. I may be in a bad situation but I know many others are far worse off. I have this confidence that by one way or another I will make it through the day.

Please check out my writing. In particular today you can look at my book of song lyrics called “Without The Music”. If you know of anybody who likes music or good poetry the book is a must. https://amzn.to/2MQoyZu

Here is something from the book “Without The Music”

He’ll Be There

When you give up chasing the wind
And forsake your life of sin
He’ll be there
He’ll be there
To answer your prayer
He’ll be there

When you finally understand
Your life’s out of hand
He’ll be there
He’ll be there
To answer your prayer
He’ll be there

He is faithful and true
Great is His Love for you
He can make the broken whole
And save your soul

When you abandon your pride
And realize you’re on the slide
He’ll be there
He’ll be there
To answer your prayer
He’ll be there

When you turn to repent
Because you see your Hellbent
He’ll be there
He’ll be there
To answer your prayer
He’ll be there

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Great Is Thy Faithfulness. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/09/great-is-thy-faithfulness/

 

Last updated: 2 Sep 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 Sep 2018
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