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I love the LORD, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, save me!

The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, He saved me.

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” And in my dismay I said, “All men are liars.

How can I repay the LORD for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation  and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the LORD – in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD.

~ Psalm 116

They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

~ Revelation 21:3-4

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

~ Acts 4:12

Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me.

~ John 17:11

Never forget, that name is Jesus.

Notes: 19 years ago today, my mom left this world to be with the Lord. She’s been gone from me for more than half of my life, and without question, it’s been hard. There have been many times when I have called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, please save me!” And He always answers. No matter how difficult life gets, with Jesus we are never alone. And if we persevere in the face of all hardship, persecution and adversity, the day will come when He’ll wipe every tear from our eyes; when there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. A day when I’ll see my mom again, and tell her in words instead of thoughts that I still love her so much. Until that time, I will continue to live one day at a time, doing the best I can. ♥

Today’s Paintings: Howard Lyon’s “Thread of Faith”, 2012; Hendrick ter Brugghen’s “The Liberation of Peter”, 1624; Pieter de Grebber’s “King David in Prayer”, 1637; Joseph Brickey’s “Daughter of Jarius”; and Jon McNaughton’s “Peace Is Coming”, 2009.