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"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" - Crosswalk the Devotional - Nov. 9, 2012

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"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
by Debbie Wright, Assistant Editor,

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you (1 Peter 5:7).

Three days ago I voted my choice for president of the United States. Thankfully it was not a big ordeal; I stopped by my local elementary school after work and only had to wait in line for a few minutes. As I walked out of the building into the chilly air, I felt an enormous weight lifting off my shoulders. It would all be settled soon. The nasty TV commercials will cease, the Facebook debates will slowly wane, and everyone can just resume business as usual. My own home and family hadn’t escaped the craziness of election season either. There had been many discussions and debates between my family members about policies, candidates, and the like. And I was ready for it all to end.

As I pulled into my driveway, I heard music and saw the front window glowing with light. Opening the door I saw my father inspiringly tickling the keys of our piano while my fiancé played along on guitar. They were singing the hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." Nothing could have been a better welcome home than the warmth of the house and the sweet melodies pouring forth from my two favorite gentlemen.

It made me think, "We’re all going to be okay!" The lyrics to that old song perfectly encapsulate my post-election sentiments.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Isn’t it awesome to know that we have a Father reaching down his gracious arms to hold us? We have sweet fellowship with a Creator and Friend who longs to give us peace, if only we’ll cast our cares on him and trust in him for provision.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Let us take some time and revel in the comfort of Christian fellowship and Scripture and prayer, knowing that the challenges of each new day could never overcome God’s strength. After all…

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Intersecting Faith and Life

Are you hanging onto worry or bitterness in your life? Trying singing “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Really think about each word.

Further Reading

Psalms 146:3 
John 15:4-12

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