After a lifetime spent in church, I have found that not only the sermon but also the song service can minister to my spirit.  I am grateful my church has continued to sing the old hymns of the faith.   Even the special music that is prayerfully chosen moves the heart of the believer.     

Several years ago, I received a phone call in the middle of the night.  It was one of those calls where I had no idea how to respond.  As the call continued, I prayed that God would give me something to say that would be a help, something that would be wise, something that was beyond my power to give.  He did; when the tears stopped, and there was a moment for me to speak, God gave me one thing to say.  Much later, as I tried to go back to sleep, I kept praying that somehow God would make sense of all of this. 

The next day was Sunday, and I took my heavy heart to church that morning.  The first congregational song was “Because He Lives.” It was the chorus when the Lord spoke to my heart.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know Who holds the future,
And life is worth the living – just because He lives.

Anything that I was facing, those whom I love were facing, everything is “face-able” because Jesus lives.  Our faith rests with a living Lord.  We can face the uncertainty of raising children because we know that they can come to the knowledge of salvation.  Even at the death of a loved one, because Jesus lives, we have the hope of Heaven.

I am not sure what difficulty you are facing, but I am certain you have something, or you will have one.  Trials test and strengthen our faith.  May I encourage you because He lives, it will be OK; because He lives, we do not need to be fearful; because He lives, we can face tomorrow.

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Miriam Chung, Christian School Teacher

Mrs. Chung grew up around the work of the ministry and now has the privilege of teaching at the North Valley Baptist Schools. She and her husband faithfully teach young people and are a vital asset to the ministry of NVBC.