Sunday, March 9, 2014

Alone Yet Not Alone

I opened the mailbox yesterday and found a letter waiting for me from my dear friend and roommate from Ellerslie, Bonnie (I have written about our friendship HERE). I always look forward to getting mail from her. She is too sweet. Anyways, when I opened her letter, I was so touched to see it was about Lily's birthday. It means a lot to me that she remembered and thought to write me and encourage me during a very difficult time of year. Sometimes all it takes is just a note to say, "I remember her with you... I miss her with you... I love her with you." That does more for my heart than people could ever realize.

I have shared her precious letter below. The song is so beautiful and uplifting to me. My mom played it for me recently. Joni Eareckson Tada is an amazing woman of faith with an incredible testimony and someone I look up to. I am reminded that though I feel alone at times without my girl, I am never really alone... the Lord is with me always.

Dearest Hannah Rose,

I know that this month is especially hard knowing that your sweet Lily would be 4. If I have one big encouragement to you this month it would be the song, "Alone Yet Not Alone," by Joni Eareckson Tada. You should type up the song on YouTube because Joni has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. I didn't know she had such a beautiful voice. Here are the lyrics to the song and I pray that they are encouraging to you this month.

Listen to "Alone Yet Not Alone" below or by clicking HERE

Alone Yet Not Alone
by Joni Eareckson Tada

I'm alone yet not alone
God's the light that will guide me home
With His love and tenderness,
Leading through the wilderness.
And wherever I may roam,
I'm alone yet not alone.

I will not be bent in fear
He's the refuge I know is near.
In His strength I find my own.
By His faithful mercies shown.
That so mighty is His shield.
All His love is now revealed.

When my steps are lost
And desperate for a guide.
I can feel His touch,
A soothing presence by my side

Alone yet not alone.
Not forsaken when on my own.
I can lean upon His arm,
And be lifted up from harm.
If I stumble or if I'm thrown,
I'm alone yet not alone.

When my steps are lost
And desperate for a guide,
I can feel His touch,
A soothing presence by my side.

By my side!

He has bound me with His love,
Watchful angels look from above.
Every evil can be brayed,
For I know I will be saved.
Never frightened on my own,
I'm alone yet not alone.

I'm alone yet not alone.

My dearest Hannah Rose, your sweet precious 4-year-old is dancing with our Lord and Savior. He is reading children's books to her and she is dressed like a princess. She is safe in the arms of Jesus! I know it hurts to not have her with you on this temporary home where we live right now, but someday we all will be sitting at the feet of Jesus and will be dancing before Him. But for now we need to honor Him and enjoy Him forever. I love you my sweet beautiful friend! I wish you were closer, but for now, I'm praying for you and thinking of you.

Yours truly,
Bonnie Lynn

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