In This Storm

The years haven’t always been kind to me but they have shown me that there are a lot of really nice people in the world.  One of the things my dad told me when I was a young man was, “Terry Wayne, always try to help somebody out.  That’s what it’s all about.”   I haven’t always followed the path my dad taught me but he did teach me to help people, love them and be compassionate.  There are days that loving and showing compassion do not come easily.  Dark clouds hovering over obscure the sunlight causing me to hum,“I will praise you in this storm” and know that no matter where I am, God is always right there.
A few weeks ago my church, Heartsong, showed me their love during this time of uncertainty.  My pastor took a newspaper with my photo and held it up in front of the congregation.  He told them that the man in the photograph attended Heartsong and asked that the people rally around and show their love and support during this time of trial.  The church has always welcomed me with open arms but that day and every day since then, I have felt the love and compassion of the people as they wrap their arms around me physically and spiritually.  It has been an uplifting experience to know that I am not struggling though this alone.  The love and support of the church hasn’t stopped with me either, they have welcomed Amanda and shown her the same love when she attends. 
If the Heartsong congregation embody the love and compassion of God then there is only one alternative to describe the actions of the defense team.  I thank God daily for my church and for the path he has put me on in this walk of life.  I hope to encourage others who have had to struggle and let them know that they are not in this alone.
 The video above contains the lyrics and music by Casting Crowns. Enjoy it as it has helped me out more than once!  
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