You Will Pass Through the Waters to Safety by Shanna Gregor

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You Will Pass Through the Waters to Safety
Series: Splashes of Hope and Puddles of Joy
Shanna D. Gregor

''When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.''

Isaiah 43:2-3a amp

I lived just hours from the Tahlequah River in Oklahoma, one of my favorite summer adventures with aunts, uncles and cousins. One year even Grandpa and Grandma went with us. Grandma had never learned to swim was extremely fearful of the water. I remember her putting those big, full, orange lifejackets around her neck, arms and legs. She was quite a site to see.

There were summers when we got very little rain and we had to drag our canoe across the rough, pebbled, shallow places in the river. Other years the water rushed dangerously fast. Every once in awhile someone would capsize and other canoers would stop and help.

The first year my husband and I were married, we camped on the river with another couple and with plans to canoe the following day. In the early hours of the morning, an unexpected storm blew through our camp. The water was so heavy, the tent collapsed ...

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