Monday, March 26, 2007

This Too Will Pass

As your days, so shall your strength be. Deut. 33:25

I’m coming on with a prayer request. Even though I did have a blessed Lord’s Day, had sweet fellowship with the brethren at church and home, I still felt grumpy when I woke up today. I know a big reason for this is that I’ve purposed to start working on our income taxes today. Every year, I have this same attitude about doing our taxes. If there’s anybody out there who enjoys this less than delightful American privilege, please raise your hand! I've got to to pull myself together here. Pray that I'll have a better attitude. I should play the “glad game” again with my daughter Beverly, who posted about that a few weeks ago. I need to be thankful for the money that has to be accounted for and for the strength of mind and body to do it. I’m also grateful (I think) for the H & R Block online program that I used for the first time last year, which makes it a bit easier. And if I really do get going on it today, I’ll be happy that it will be earlier than it usually is. It’s normally April when it gets started.

I want to post a hymn. We sang this last night at church and we found out that this is the favorite of one of our members. This lady has trials in her life and I can see why she loves it. I hope someone reads this today and is uplifted. It was written by a Swedish woman, after a great tragedy in her life when she was just 26 years old. So these words came from a broken heart. If there are any broken or troubled hearts out there, hopefully these words will help ease your burden. When I think about the trials that some people are going through, my grumpiness over the income taxes seems so petty. These moments are going to pass anyway.

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what he deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares he fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r,
The protection of his child and treasure
Is a charge that on himself he laid;
“As your days, your strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me he made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust your promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within your holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

~Linda Sandell Berg, 1865


Beverly said...

Okay. I'm glad you posted that hymn because I am ready to break a dish! Federal taxes were finished two weeks ago, but the state ones (yes I have to file FOUR returns because we moved) are throwing me for a loop. I am SOOOOO confused, and I need HELP. I need to listen to my own words and play the glad game. I think I'll go throw my frustrations into baking. Sorry ot sabotage your post, but I am totally with you.

Maxine said...

Good grief. Now I REALLY feel my pettiness. Forget about me, I need to say a prayer for YOU, Bev. And it's 4:30 pm and I haven't even gotten started. Cooking, laundry, cleaning, homeschooling, and a few other choice things keep interfering. We women and our schedules and emotions don't mix well with taxes. Hang in there!

Beka said...

OK, I guess y'all will throw me out here 'cause Mark does our taxes and they've already been done and sent and we got our return a few weeks ago. (ducks head and shields face)

I will be praying for both of you, though!

And thank you so much for posting that very beautiful and encouraging hymn. What a blessing.

Beka said...

I also want to say, though, that I really admire both of you for taking on the job of tax returns, freeing up your husbands for other things! I wish I could do this for Mark, but alas! I do not have the brain for such things. If it's any comfort (it isn't right now, I'm sure!), I think you're both doing an excellent thing!

Sara said...

Wow...I don't think I'd be able to handle doing taxes one day- it sounds very tedious! Thank you for positng that hymn Mrs. R- it is one of my favorites!
In Christ,

Elise said...

Just beautiful. I don't know if I've sung that one before - I was desperately trying to find the tune as I read it! :)
Bless you both for doing the taxes - I'm with you. They make me grumpy.