I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
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I sat at a table talking to the woman. The cane she needed was propped against the table between us. She hated needing it. She was always leaving it behind in public places because she didn't want to be seen with it. But she did need it. She could not stand firm without it. I said to her that "It" needs a name - a name that would help it mean more to her than the loss of her independence. I asked her to think of a person who has been steadfast in her life, someone whose love she could always count on, someone she leaned on in her life. Her eyes twinkled. Her wrinkles danced with a name: Ella Mae. She told me a story and together we christened the cane, "Ella Mae." We all need help to stand firm in this life. Such help is easier to embrace when it comes with a name and a face that means steadfast love to us. O come, O come, Emmanuel.
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I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord. Amen.