Through It All

By Pastor Ruth Denboer

Generally speaking I am a forward thinker but every once in a while something happens that causes me to go into a reflective mode for a bit. This recently happened with the passing away of one of my childhood mentors. This person I’m sure had no idea that he was one of my mentors, but I, and countless thousands, were blessed by this person’s heart for God that was so beautifully expressed through the worship music he wrote and performed. This person is Andrae Crouch.

My life as a teen was so influenced and challenged by the music and words of this singer/songwriter. His songs were his stories, but somehow resonated with thousands of others. His songs found their way into the choir lofts and then onto the worship lists of many churches in the 70’s and since.

Songs like “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)”, “Soon and Very Soon” and “Through It All”. Just hear the words of his song “Through It All” …

I’ve had many tears and sorrows,

I’ve had questions for tomorrow,

there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.

But in every situation,

God gave me blessed consolation,

that my trials come to only make me strong.

Chorus:

Through it all,

through it all,

I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,

I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all,

through it all,

I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

I’ve been to lots of places,

I’ve seen a lot of faces,

there’s been times I felt so all alone.

But in my lonely hours,

yes, those precious lonely hours,

Jesus lets me know that I was His own

I thank God for the mountains,

and I thank Him for the valleys,

I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.

For if I’d never had a problem,

I wouldn’t know God could solve them,

I’d never know what faith in God could do.

Wow … just allow me to repeat that last line … “For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do.” I am so thankful that I was shaped on lyrics like these.

Today I look back and remember. Today I give thanks for this man’s heart, his songs, and his willingness to share his gift with the world. Thank you God for teaching us through his gift of music to trust You to bring us through the storms of life. Thank you God for helping us to know that … through it all, we can learn to depend upon Your Word.

Now a memory from my teen years. This clip is Andrae Crouch at a Billy Graham crusade in 1975.

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