Sunday, May 09, 2010

Pilgrims, Prodigals and Porch Lights

Regular visitors to this blog will note that the Pilgrim hasn't been posting productively for some time.  What can you write when you are between a rock and a hard place?  When hope appears to have been sucked out of you?

Be honest about your problems and some will react negatively.  Be unreal and hypocritical and you get some good feedback.  I don't want to be someone I'm  At times I've been.

Let's just say that during the prolonged period of personal problems I have been perplexed, puzzled and, periodically, plodding without purpose. Yet, I still sense the loving, forgiving, gracious hand of a God who, with every reason, could extend wrath without needing to explain.

Life is tough!  It's messy!  It's downright impossible at times and yet...I can sit at a piano, broken in spirit, and sing and play to the glory of the God who loves me.  He has not moved!  He has not forsaken His precious possession, the prodigal He relentlessly pursues.  And, I am so grateful for that!

Thank you, God, that the lights of Home are still faintly shining.  You did say you would leave the Light on didn't You?

Note:  ALL comments are welcomed!  Both positive and negative.  Let's hear from you!   


  1. David,
    I'm not having the greatest day either - but like you, I know that pity parties are totally non-productive - and God is worthy of worship no matter how we're feeling.
    Thankful you can still sing and play for His glory.
    Glory to the Lamb of God - thankful the day is coming when we'll be with Him forever, pain and pity free!

  2. Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,
    From His lighthouse evermore,
    But to us He gives the keeping
    Of the lights along the shore.

    Let the lower lights be burning!
    Send a gleam across the wave!
    Some poor struggling, fainting seaman
    You may rescue, you may save.

    Dark the night of sin has settled,
    Loud the angry billows roar;
    Eager eyes are watching, longing,
    For the lights along the shore.

    Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
    Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
    Trying now to make the harbor,
    In the darkness may be lost.

  3. Thanks for your post, David.

    Life is such a struggle and for many, like yourself, that struggle can be almost crushing. I am so glad that you have a loving God to sustain you through your battle. I do wonder how people cope without God's comfort.

    I'll keep praying for you and ask that God's comfort and presence continue to minister to you and draw you out of the dark place you currently face.

    Please keep us up to date whenever you can.

  4. David

    You continue to bless me, even when you are down. I feel honored to have you as my friend. There is no doubt, none---That God will lift you up to that place, which your heart, body and soul crave !
    Exciting days are ahead friend !!
    Phil Foster

  5. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence. Whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything. 1 John 3: 19-20

    Rest in Him David. He promises to provide our needs and He cannot lie...

  6. David,

    All I can say is that you still have "a song in your heart" and that is the best thing you could ever have when you have nothing else. I myself, do not know how to sing but I sure have a song in my heart! Keep singing David... keep singing. You are in my prayers.

  7. David, I honestly understand...I have just returned from my 2 1/2 months missions trip in Tobago...over all it was great, but I have suffered a lot with my pain in my body and as a result mentally as well...I have asked myself and God, many times, 'where are you Lord?' 'how long oh Lord?', and all I get is silence. But his Spirit brings me to his eternal Word, "the earth, and the heavens...they will perish, but you will are the same, and your years have no end." Psalm 102.25,26,27 He is unchangeable in his love and faithfulness to us his children, who are in Christ...even though we sometimes doubt him, and fear we are left alone in our suffering, he remains faithful...our Lord and his Word are one, so we can safely trust his promises.

    Therefore we have hope..."as dying, and behold, we sorrowful, yet always rejoicing" 2 Corinthians 9,10

    Take courage brother David, your friend Vaclav

    "Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head." William Cowper

  8. In spite of your struggles Dave you just keep pluggin on...That is commendable... !! It's great you are able to fellowship with so many and be an encouragement to so many... I still remember when you had the store on Water St. You were always so helpful.!! Keep truckin on ..!!

    Doug Anderson

  9. Thank you David for your openness and honesty. I too have had seasons of my life where I struggled with depression. Before coming to Christ...that was a battle I almost lost. Praise God...that even in the darkness you know that God is near. He is near to the broken hearted...and He will bind up your wounds. The emotional and mental wounds may take a while to heal.