I was thinking about a song my mother used to sing, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow. I am so glad I know who holds tomorrow.
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Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. God has plans for us and He wants to give us hope. He is our hope and we can trust that He will only bring us what is good and right for us. We may go through difficulties and trials because we are living in this world. We are human beings and we are subject to illnesses, troubles and strife.
Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.
Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
We can find hope and peace in our Savior. I will never forget listening to my mother singing this song. She had such a beautiful voice. When she sang, she was praising God in song and prayer. She meant the words of this song. She knew that Jesus held her tomorrow and he was holding her hand. My mother prayed every day, sometimes, I think all day long. She had a relationship with her Savior that went beyond just attending weekly services, and saying a blessing over her food. She had a relationship that extended into her every day activities, her words, her actions and her thoughts. She talked of Jesus as a dear friend and One whom she loved. She knew Him intimately. She knew Him for she talked with him and spent time with Him. When she faced difficulties with her health, she knew she could turn to him for the help and healing she needed. When she was worried about her children, or family members, she ran to the Lord in prayer. When financial struggles came, she prayed. When good times came and blessings poured down, she praised God for the blessings. When she failed, she poured out her heart to her Savior.
I am forever influenced by the example of her faith. I am forever imprinted with the understanding that the Bible on her nightstand lay open because she was reading it and studying the Word. I am here because of her prayers. I am given a legacy of relationship that I need to develop and live as well. Just because mom knew Jesus doesn't save me. But because she knew Jesus, I saw what He could do. I saw the healings, answered prayers and the evidence of a true Savior.
I know who holds tomorrow and who holds my hand. I have experienced my Savior, Jesus, as he forgave my sins when I repented. I experienced his Holy Spirit coming inside my soul and filling me up with His love. I know when He speaks to me. I don't always take the time to listen, and yet He still loves me and speaks. He is leading me and guiding me. I can look back and see the times that He has answered my prayers and poured the blessings down. I am blessed. I can sing from my soul to the One who gave me life. I can sing to my Lord and praise Him for his blessings. I can hope for a good future because He holds it in His hand.