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Songs of Deliverance Part 3: Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow

Updated on February 18, 2016
I felt the warmth of the rising sun and the warmth of His love touching me...body and soul
I felt the warmth of the rising sun and the warmth of His love touching me...body and soul | Source

Because He Lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives all fear is gone.

And I know Who holds the future,

And life is worth the living

Just because He lives.

Bill Gaither

The final song of my deliverance

It was 4:00 in the morning and my third day on the psychiatric ward. I could not sleep and I felt too anxious to stay in bed. I got up and sat on the large window sill and watched the sun rise over the city from the 11th floor. As I did so, I reflected on what I had been experiencing. Although at some moments God seemed far off, I had experienced His work in my life the last few days. I had received great comfort from God's word during my pastoral visit (and he visited me daily along with my best friend). I had started to interact with the other patients and the required groups and activities. I realized that all these people were normal, wonderful people who were in deep pain. My heart ached for their pain and sad faces. And I had found myself telling them in an evening session that they were all so special and they had every reason to know love and the desire to live. They said I did too. Hmmm.

While the sun came up I pondered this with the Lord and He confirmed what they had said. For quite some time He spoke to my spirit and let me know how precious I was to Him and that my future was in His hands. In my spirit hope surged as did the sun over the horizon. With that still small voice He let me know He was there, and I felt His presence. He was alive, and because of Him I had a hope and a future. I felt the warmth of the rising sun and the warmth of His love touching me at the same time...body and soul. Then came yet another song of deliverance:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone. And all I know is who holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.

I meditated on the that song as it sang to my soul, and I began to sing it out loud to the Lord, rejoicing in the fresh hope my Father had just given me. The now brilliant sunrise seemed to affirm this hope will all its brightness. God had reached through the darkness and met me and ministered to me with the light of His love, and He confirmed it with a sunrise and a song.

The Lord promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He is faithful and His mercies are new every morning. I had begun to learn that morning to cast all my care upon Him and trust Him because He showed me He cared for me. He cares for you too. There is hope because He lives. Give all your cares to Jesus and know He will be there to reach through the darkness and give you the light of hope, the hope that only He can give.

© 2011 Lori Colbo. All rights reserved.

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