I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Even now, these words bring tears to my eyes because they’re so true. My heart has been so broken this year, and I’ve wondered why I have to go through these trials with my family. True, they’re not as dire as, say, facing a terminal illness. I know we’ll get through this crazy time, and hopefully be stronger people for it. But right now, the pain and loss are still fresh, and I know there are more challenges up ahead. My daughter’s baby is due in early March. I’ve no idea how she’s going to manage with a newborn. Our son is supposed to graduate high school in June, and all I can do is hope and pray that he does. Yet in the midst of all the doubt and disappointment, I really do find joy and peace in the simple act of praising and worshipping the Lord.

If you can relate to having had a really “bad” year, I hope you’ll find a little ray of sunlight in the storm through my story. We don’t have to go through life’s tough times alone. We have a very big, very good Father in Heaven, and we have each other here on earth to embrace with arms of love when we hurt.

Kim Garrison is a writer and a professional publicist in Oceanside, California. She is a contributor to two books, You Can Market Your Book by Carmen Leal and But Lord, I was Happy Shallow edited by Marita Littauer. Kim is a faculty member of the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference (glorietacwc.com). As a publicist, she promotes many Christian authors and speakers, including popular Crosswalk.com writer Jim Robinson of ProdigalSong Ministries (ProdigalSong.com). Kim’s blog is at http://oceansidekim.blogspot.com and her email address is classykim@cox.net.