In this darkened hour

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..

My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me in this hour?

The things my mind and soul cry out to you, why have you not heard me? Why are you so far from me? Why do you hide your face from me?

I will fear no evil..

I am surrounded by the enemy’s forces, everywhere I turn, surrounded by executioners who seek my life. I am alone in this world.

For you are with me.

But I am not alone, for my Father is with me. Though I feel all alone, abandoned and forsaken.. it is only my awareness that lacks! My God will uphold me. He is my Light and my Salvation! He will has not left me. Instead, He has gone before me, setting my table in the presence of my enemies.

Thy rod, and thy staff, they comfort me.

Your rod of correction, used to steer and to guide me, sets me in the path of your staff of comfort. Your all encompassing peace descends upon me. For you have finished it.

Therefore I will sing your praises in the temple, and in the car. Wherever I go, the people will know your name, because I am there, and I will make you known before men. You have delivered me from all sides, 1000 have fallen at my side, and 10,000 at my right hand, but they shall not come near me.

I dwell in the secret place of the most High, and under His wings I shall trust. I will say of my Lord, He is my refuge.

When Evil man rise up against me, they shall stumble and fall. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, because my Father will keep His word. Though I see so little, I walk by faith, not by sight. He has caused me to trust Him. Even when i knew it not.

Knowing now, I choose His life, for nothing else can bring such joy to my life. Even in the midst of tragedy and sorrow. A family schism. It was predicted though. I foresaw it. God showed me the path, and I acknowledged it.

I follow no man, except the one with nail scars, in His hands.

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