Hard Day's Journey

November 4, 1996
by Kenn Stright

Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil.

Christian's journey in Pilgrim's Progress takes him places he never intended to go – like through the Slough of Despond or through Vanity Fair, or down a number of dead-ends that lead nowhere and slow down the journey or end it altogether.

You know the many difficulties you've encountered on your own personal journey – trials and tribulations are no strangers to any of us. But what we need in order to see them through is an adequate faith, and an assurance that through the chances and changes of life there is One who will walk with us all the way through, if we will but trust.

Christian found that only as he pressed forward could he both continue and overcome…listen to his thoughts:

    This hill, though high, I covet to ascend
    The difficulty will not me offend.
    For I perceive the way of life lies here:
    Come, pluck up heart, let's neither
    faint nor fear.
    Better, though difficult, the right way to go,
    Then wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.

Prayer: When the journey gets rough and the path obscure, open our eyes to see Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ beside us, Christ our all in all. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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