Monday, August 25, 2008


During the era of steam locomotives, the railroads used what were

called “helpers.” These were additional engines that were attached

temporarily to a train to provide the necessary extra power and

traction required for climbing a difficult grade. Helper, Utah, a town

along the route of the U.S. transcontinental railroad, derives its name

from the helper engines kept there to aid trains up over the nearby

7,477 foot high Soldier Summit.

Like those “helper” engines, God is our Helper to aid us over

the rough and steep places of life. “Fear not…I will help thee, saith the

Lord” (Isaiah 41:14) “The Lord…forsaketh not his saints”

(Ps. 37:28) “He shall deliver…him that hath no helper” (Ps. 72:12)

Therefore, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord…” (Ps. 55:22) and “trust

in Him at all times” (Ps. 62:8) for “the Lord shall help…” (Ps.37:40).

I hope I can also be a “Helper Choo-choo” to encourage you

with my prayers and concern as you “stay on track” in your spiritual life

or climb the really “difficult grades” all of us inevitably experience in

our life’s journey.

LIFE is a long haul for which we need extra help from God and from the

prayers of our fellow Christian friends to endure and triumph. Jesus Christ

is our Head Helper. In the words of an old hymn:

“O God, our HELP in ages past, our hope for years to come, our

Shelter from the stormy blast, and our Eternal Home.”

We are part of Christ's Body, His helpers on earth to others. Let’s be

“Helper Choo-choos” to one another today!


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