‘Reach out to Jesus, He’s reaching out to you’

Yesterday I had re-read a verse in the Bible, (Ephesians 3:20): ‘Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us‘ and felt much encouraged by it because the Lord has laid a burden on my heart to pray for, and I have been praying hard for it. Meanwhile, the lyrics of this song, ‘Reach out to Jesus’, had also been on my mind. I remember it from my teenage days in Singapore and kept thinking that I should share it on my blog: perhaps it might encourage someone who is feeling despondent or discouraged. Forty-eight hours later, and this thought would not leave me. Thus, here I am, sharing the verses of this song, which was written by Ralph Carmichael and performed by Elvis Presley.

Chorus He is always there Hearing ev’ry prayer Faithful and true Walking by our side In His love we hide All the day through When you get discouraged Just remember what to do Reach out to Jesus He’s reaching out to you Verse 1 Is your burden heavy As you bear it all alone Does the road you travel Harbor danger yet unknown Are you growing weary In the struggle of it all Jesus will help you When on His name you call Verse 2 Is the life you’re living Filled with sorrow and despair Does the future press you With its worry and its care Are you tired and friendless Have you almost lost your way Jesus will help you Just come to Him today

It may all sound a little disjointed, but my thoughts then flew to an email that a former guest had sent me recently. It contained three beautiful photos of the Lake District taken when he had been staying with us at Blenheim Lodge. To me, the images portray the power of God: if He is capable of sculpting such grandiose landscapes, then He is also ‘able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think’. Thus, my thoughts ran along the lines of how the Lord can lift us puny humans from personal tragedy and despair if we would only call on Him, and trust in His salvation and love for us. As I pondered on this, ‘Reach out to Jesus’ crept into my mind.

The cairn was from the top of Ill Bell (having climbed Yoke), looking towards Froswick.

The cairn was from the top of Ill Bell (having climbed Yoke), looking towards Froswick. (Photo and description by David Millar.)

I hope, reader, that you will enjoy this song sung here by Elvis Presley (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Reach-Out-to-Jesus-lyrics-Elvis-Presley/5DE4BCA452468BEF48256874003992F7) and be encouraged by it.

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