constantly abiding

I grew up in a church where hymns were a mainstay of Sunday worship.

and even though my heart is ever in love with new songs of praise and love for my Father, I often find myself humming the melodies that were inevitably etched on my soul from those years spent in my childhood church.

the words from one of those hyms has been echoing in my heart this past week:

there’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,
a peace it cannot take away;
though the trials of life may surround like a cloud,
I’ve a peace that has come here to stay!

I have felt such encouragement from those words these past few days as I’ve been reassured that the peace that is rooted in my core can never be taken. that though moment by moment I struggle to rest in that peace or even sense it’s existence, I have the best assurance of all:

Jesus is mine.

that will never change. his presence will always be near, whether or not I feel or acknowledge it. and in the days where “the trials of life surround like a cloud”… hope beckons me forward. calling me to my Savior’s arms and to rest:

constantly abiding, Jesus is mine! constantly abiding, rapture divine.

rest in his ever comforting arms, friends. he is near.

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