"While life's dark maze I tread, and griefs around me spread, be thou my guide; bid darkness turn to day; wipe sorrow's tears away; nor let me ever stray from thee aside." From My Faith Looks Up to Thee by Ray Palmer
These words, written by Ray Palmer in 1831, show how we can ask God to get us through anything. The most important things in my life are faith and prayer. There was not a time when I had a great "conversion". I have been a believer for as long as I can remember. When I was five years old, we moved to East Kibby Street, and a neighbor took me to Sunday school at South Side.
During my 98 years, I have experienced some disappointments and losses, but God has always been there to lift me up. My first husband and my mother died within days of each other. God blessed me with a family and friends who helped me get through that.
When my children and grandchildren have experienced serious situations, I have put my trust in God. I pray every day and I often ask the Wednesday night prayer group to pray for my concerns. When my son-in-law was injured in an accident, I told him not worry, because I had his back.
I have been surrounded by good, Christian people all of my life. I am convinced that God had a plan for me. At times I didn't recognize this, but God has led me in spite of myself, in both good times and bad.
Heavenly Father, we put our faith and trust in You. Open our hearts and minds so we can see Your will for us. Amen.