You’re the Railing

Lord, You’re the railing that we cling to,
Climbing up the steep stair steps of life.
Although we pretend to be surefooted,
You know how easily we fall.

As we climb life’s steps we cling to You.
As we climb life’s steps we cling to You.
As we climb life’s steps we cling to You
That we may not fall.

Rarely do falls bring tears of laughter;
Usually they cause us tears of pain.
Lord, You know that we’re weak and fragile.
We must cling to You so we won’t fall.

Lord, You know all our limitations;
We can’t even see the stairs ahead.
But we know by faith You have no boundaries;
You see far above, beneath, beyond.

Lord, all around are those who’re falling,
Toppling backwards from their heavy loads.
Help us each to take one hand in our hand
And show them just Who THE RAILING is.

About This Song:
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to believe I’m in control of my life. At seventy-two, however, I’m smart enough to know I’m not. I’m fragile and anything but sure-footed, both literally and symbolically.

I believe life is very much like a steep set of stairs–so steep I can’t see more than a step or two above me as I climb.

So trying to live life on my own–without God’s help–is like trying to climb those steps without holding onto the railing. How easily I can fall backwards.

But God is not only a sure support, He’s the only one who sees the steps I can’t see. He knows the problems I’ll face. He knows the dangers. Clinging to Him as a railing doesn’t guarantee that I won’t fall, but at least I’ll have the assistance of the only one who can help me up again, no matter how badly I’m hurt.

Holding on to the railing only takes one hand, though. That leaves one hand free. As a Christian I need to keep that hand ready  to extend to someone else who’s groping for safety.

While I can’t lead that person’s life any better than I can lead my own, I can at least point him or her to my Lord and Savior.

Do you ever feel as if you’re falling down life’s stairs? Do you depend on God’s help? How about sharing a comment?

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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