Strength to Carry On…

It seems like I’ve connected with a lot of songs recently.  I am thankful for the words that song writers have to share.  I sometimes wonder what they may have gone through in their lives that have inspired them to write the very words that resonate with me.  Tonight, on the way home from work, I heard another song that really met me where I’ve been.  Steven Curtis Chapman’s When You Are A Soldier reminds me how God carries us when we can’t go any further on our own, cheers us on, and cries along with us when we’re down.

The last couple of days have been good.  I am thankful!  And I can see where God has carried me to this point.  He has surrounded me with encouragement.  He has given me strength for one day at a time.   And He has brought me light and rest at night.

Here are the words to Chapman’s song:

When you are a soldier I will be your shield
I will go with you into the battlefield
And when the arrows start to fly
Take my hand and hold on tight
I will be your shield, ’cause I know how it feels
When you are a soldier

When you’re tired from running
I will cheer you on
Look beside you and you’ll see you’re not alone
And when your strength is all but gone
I’ll carry you until you’re strong
And I will be your shield ’cause I know how it feels
When you’re a soldier

I will be the one you can cry your songs to
My eyes will share your tears
And I’ll be your friend if you win
Or if you’re defeated
Whenever you need me I will be here

When you’re lost in darkness I will hold the light
I will help you find your way through the night
I’ll remind you of the truth
And keep the flame alive in you
And I will be your shield
‘Cause I know how it feels
When you are a soldier