Broken

Life is young but my job is through and it's Christmas Eve with a son of two.

I've been this lonely but never this blue and I have no money; what will I do?

This day is cold with an ice storm thick and to find a job will be a trick.

I drive on home a trip never this long and I feel slight the will to carry on.

Jobs were none with this one short found and it was taken away without a sound.

My heart was so broken because I loved my family in ways could not be spoken.

Our family's love was mountains strong and I drove on now no more alone.

What will I do and what will I say but Lord give me strength for this lonely day.

Written by Bob Wood

Psalms 34: 15 ... The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.. 16 ... The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. ..17 ... The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. ..18 ... The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many try to face defeat and discouragement alone. I was a young husband and father and I had been told my job was not needed right before Christmas. It was the early 70's and jobs had become almost impossible to find. There was an ice storm on and it was the biggest that most in West Tennessee could ever remember. I had even taken a job cleaning a drug store and delivering medications. Now with this my only means of income and without any warning, I had no job. I wept not cried on the way home. I had a wonderful wife and the best son in the world but felt I was a failure at being a husband and a dad. It is amazing but I lived through this and yes, I have been a failure at much more in my life. I felt as though then that I would be better off dead. God did give me strength to go home, to face my family and confess that I had no job and I didn't know why this had happened. We made it. I set out each day on the ice that lasted it seemed forever, looking for work just as if I was going to work. I finally bought a job through an employment agency. We not only made it but it made us all, (though down to counting beans a time or two), much more strong. I was broken but I had One to turn to and God took care of us and still does today. You may be facing an impossible time in your life right now too. Just remember that there is so very much that is impossible for us but that there is none that is impossible with God. God can be trusted. Today go with God. Keep shining and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance, you pray for me. May God Really Bless You!

Bob Wood

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