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January 1, 2011

Why "Endless Strength"?

My favorite song growing up was the song titled, "On Eagle's Wings".  Growing up in a broken home, I clung to God more fervently than I think I would have otherwise.  I didn't have a stable home or parent to cling to.  I had my siblings, but they could only provide so much.  I remember the verses and certain words that always kept me going...
"Say to the Lord, My Refuge, My Rock in Whom I trust"
"And He will raise you up, on Eagle's wings.  Bear you on the Breath of Dawn.  Make you to shine like the sun.  And hold you in the Palm of His Hand."

Knowing that God would hold me in the Palm of His Hand was enough to get me through the day at times.

When I got older, I still clung to this song.  We included it in our wedding Mass, even though the liturgist raised his eyebrows and said, "That's usually a song used in funerals."  I didn't care...that song had been a part of my life for so long and as I began a new life with my husband, I wanted that song to be a part of it.  

I remember the song also played at my grandfather's funeral and I cried familiar tears.

When I named my blog, I referred to my favorite bible verse, Isaiah 40:31:

Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. --Isaiah 40:31

Endless Strength refers simply to the strength I receive only from God.  I can see His hand throughout my life, through all my hardships, sufferings, joys...I can see His Amazing Grace all around in the fact that I am where I am now, when I could be in a much worse place.  

The Lord has provided this Endless Strength.  It is His Grace that led me where I am today.

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