life is hard,
as hard as crucible steel.
It has its bleak and and painful moments.
Like the ever flowing water of a river,
life has its moments of drought and its moment of flood.
Like the ever-changin cycle of the seasons,
life has the soothing warmth of the summers and the piercing chill of its winters.
By through it all,
God walks with us.
Never forget that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope,
and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.