When We Have Trouble
Feb 2024 Matthews article
February 2, 2024

By Matthew F. Leighty 
Executive Director

In a recent bedtime story with my daughter, the message from the Berenstain Bears, a beloved storybook about a country bear family, resonated deeply.

It told the tale of Brother Bear excelling in school and sports until an unexpected illness disrupted his routine, leading to setbacks in both academics and athletics.

This narrative struck a chord with a parallel situation my own son recently faced during his freshman year of high school, where academic and athletic success were abruptly halted by a sports injury. Life often throws us unexpected curveballs, whether minor or major, such as an accident, financial setback, or prolonged illness that disrupts joy and fulfillment as we live out our days.

In these moments, the solace found in God’s Word becomes our true source of comfort. As we navigate life’s trials, it is only through our Savior’s love, mercy, and grace that we derive the peace bestowed by the Holy Spirit.

Worship Anew serves as a beacon of comfort to those facing various tribulations through the sharing of scripture, beloved hymns, and the warmth extended through care packages.

“Abide with Me” is a cherished hymn, offering comfort and reassurance in times of difficulty. Penned by Henry Francis Lyte, its lyrics convey a profound sense of God’s presence and the desire for His companionship in all circumstances. The hymn reflects on our trust, dependence on God, and the assurance that His abiding presence brings peace and strength.

The opening lines of “Abide with Me” reflect this profound theme:

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

This hymn holds a special place in my heart. Its timeless melody and meaningful message provide comfort during challenging times.

As we endure the lingering cold of winter in some parts of the country, this season can amplify the sense of tribulation. Yet, in these challenges, we find solace in the assurances of our Lord and Savior. This is why the peace declared in John 16:33 (see below) holds profound significance, assuring us that despite the trials, faith in our Savior anchors us in the victory already secured by Christ.

May the ministry of Worship Anew persist as a source of solace and peace, resonating with you in your season of life as a constant reminder of God’s unwavering love.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV)