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We Have An Anchor and Variation on Don Brody’s Beef Goulash

Hebrews 6:19a This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast….. 

(NASB, from www.BibleStudyTools.com)

Recently, I was visiting with a dear, elderly lady who has been diagnosed with cancer. As she has contemplated the days she may have left in this earthly life, she has begun setting her house in order. She commented to me, “It’s interesting… to get to this point and realize that there is no dread [to face death.] The only dread I feel is for my family who will have to take care of the “stuff” after I am gone.”

Her testimony is encouraging to anyone… she has walked with the Lord for decades, and has seen His faithfulness to keep all His promises throughout her lifetime. Now as she nears the end of her earthly tenure and prepares to meet her Savior face to face, she has no fear.

Similar conversations with this dear lady reminded me of an old hymn my family used to sing in the missionary community in Lomalinda, Colombia. The words are public domain, by William James Kirkpatrick, and I found them on www.higherpraise.com.

I still remember the day that I read Hebrews 6:19 in my morning Bible reading, and recognized it as the inspiration for the hymn that we had been singing in church. In this portion of his letter to the Hebrew believers, the author is strongly encouraging his audience to take hold of the hope set before them. In this context, the word hope does not mean “wish,” but “assurance” or “confidence.”

We who have trusted in God to save us spiritually based on Jesus’ perfect record of living a life that never violated God’s moral law have a steadfast hope. That hope or assurance is that He will not spiritually abandon us through any trial, especially the final trial of life, as we face the end of our physical life and the beginning of eternity. Our Savior has already gone ahead of us through physical death and into the presence of our God, and He is waiting there to welcome us home.

Will Your Anchor Hold?

William James Kirkpatrick

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand
Though the tempest rage and the wild winds blow
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow

It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death
When the waters cold chill our latest breath
On the rising tide it can never fail
While our hopes abide within the veil

When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore
With the storms all past forevermore

Alternate verse:

It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear
When the breakers tell that the reef is near
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow

Brody prepared some chicken using the recipe for Don Brody’s Beef Goulash (page 124 in A Recipe for Survival) last night, and we enjoyed another homemade, tasty meal. We always feel so much better physically when we cook our own food and avoid the ingredients which we have found to be problematic for us.

A variation on Don Brody's Beef Goulash from A Recipe for Survival

A variation on Don Brody’s Beef Goulash from A Recipe for Survival