IMG_1751After my husband Charles died I decided to light a candle each day during my morning prayers and readings as a reminder that I am okay in the moment and always will be  if I remember that God lives in me and I in God.

I chose a little candle holder we’d had for some time. It’s encircled with the encouraging words of the Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich.

“All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.”

This simple yet profound saying has carried me on many a cloudy day. Why worry about what is to come? I can’t change the future. The past is gone. All I can do is live in the present. And for this moment, all is well and will continue to be well as long as I leave the details to God. And that means “all manner of thing”–relationships, finances, weather, health, children, career, politics–you name it.

ALL is well. Isn’t that reassuring? Life and death, ups and downs, the sweet and the sour–all of it is well because all of it is part of the divine design. What a relief it is to turn each day over to the ONE who created it and who will finish it to perfection.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)



All Shall Be Well — 16 Comments

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  1. Thank you, Karen. It blesses me to know that you are well, and challenges me to keep this in mind for myself and those I love.

  2. Thanks, Karen. Wonderful reminder of our need to remain focused on God in all circumstances. Ties in with Rene’s sermon on worry – that we are to worry about nothing and pray about everything. That means staying in the moment, and staying focused on God. Love you!

    • Thanks, Carol. Since I missed Rene’s sermon yesterday I was happy to hear from you what he had to say on worry.

  3. Beautiful! and I really do like your candle holder! Your words remind me of the hymn: It Is Well With My Soul” written by Horatio Spafford. Briefly his wife and four children were on their way to Europe via ship, his plans to go with them fell thru. On the way the ship sunk, the four daughters drowned but his wife survived. On his way via ship to meet his wife the Captian told him they were passing where the other ship had sunk. Horatio could not sleep but these words came to him ; “It is well; the will of God be done”. He later wrote the famous hymn based on these words.
    All of us have our trials and many times they are difficult to bare (it is for me sometimes)but if we can keep out mind on Our Lord, and trust Him, we will know that peace will come and all will be well.
    Blessings with love, Margaret

    • Thanks, Margaret. I remember hearing that story about the author of “It Is Well With My Soul” It’s so inspiring.

  4. Hello my friend! I just have to tell you as I read your blog today I was reminded of my diabetes diagnosis 26 years ago and how alone I felt in the hospital. I called out to God as I held my Bible and prayed, “I don’t know where to look.” My Bible opened to the passage at the end of your blog. It has since guided me in my darkest times, reminding me that He loves me, I am chosen and He will never let go of me! Thank you for that reminder today and for being such a wonderful writer and friend! I love you!

  5. Christy, thanks for joining our discussion and leaving a comment. I’m inspired by what you shared from your own life about the verse from the bible. God is so gracious and faithful. I love you back!

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