Never Alone

by Barbara Foster

In 1993 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Over the course of a year, I became increasingly disabled. Through it all, I was never alone.

  • When I was temporarily blind, Christ led me through the darkness.
  • When I was unable to walk, God took away the fear.
  • When my world was turned upside down, God's word provided an anchor.
  • When I lost my ability to speak, God heard my silent prayers.
  • When I was too weak to cook, He sent wonderful people bringing food and encouragement, and support.
  • When I felt useless, the Lord sent a tiny, premature granddaughter who needed special love and care.
  • When I felt disconnected and my faith was tested, He gave me the strength to get to church to be with other Christians and be renewed by the worship and the lessons.
  • When my heart was broken as friends turned away because they couldn't cope with my new reality, God sent new friends who are there for me no matter what.

The list could go on and on even as the blessings go on and on. For those who would feel sorry for me, I ask rather that they join me in praising God for His constant love and protection. No matter what the need or difficulty, I have been provided for and I have never been alone because He promised: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God" (Isaiah 43:2).

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