When the sun is shining down on me

At church in Danja
At church in Danja

Being amongst people who have so little in the material sense but so much in terms of gratitude and mutual support meant that as I sang the following later that day I felt humbled:  

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me,
When the world’s all as it should be,
Blessed be Your name.
And blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering,
Blessed be Your name. 

The chorus is: ‘You give and take away’ and perhaps this is the hardest for visitors such as us to be at peace with.   

Sitting on a battered old deck chair set on red dirt, under the half shade of a small tree, we listen to the stories of villagers who have grown up with leprosy and loss.  Their resignation to the fact that children will be taken away seems wrong to those of us living with first class healthcare and sanitation.  ‘I had eight children but two died. It is how it is’ one man said.  ‘No, it should not be’ we think and then try to balance this worldly view with the fact that their faith makes such loss bearable. 

Through worldly actions we will work to remove the causes of such loss; things that all have their root in poverty and lack of education.  Through faith we will aim to bear the hardships we witness with the same fortitude that the people of Niger do.  

To do so we can keep in mind the end of verse one:  

“When I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness,
Blessed be Your name.”

Rosalyn Palmer/Charlotte Orson


One thought on “When the sun is shining down on me

  1. Thank you a deep and profound thought that leads me to pray for those you are encountering and gratitude for what the Lord has permitted me to have.

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