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Roberta Martin was a Gospel song writer and performer. She was born in Mississippi, but lived in Chicago until she died in 1969. One of her well-loved songs had these words, “Tho’ the load gets heavy, you’re never left alone to bear it all; ask for strength and keep on toiling, though the teardrops fall. You have the joy of this assurance. The heavenly Father will always answer prayer and He knows, Yes, He knows just how much we can bear.” These words reflect the sentiment of Psalm 34, which says in part, “The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” Today, sooner or later each of us WILL face situations beyond our control. Where can we go for comfort, wisdom, and strength to cope? Our Heavenly Father invites us to come to Him, to lean on Him, to trust His presence and faithfulness. He says to those who place their faith in Him and in His Son Jesus, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

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