Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shelby - In Your Hands


This song is for Shelby, age 10, and her family. They will soon be taking her off life support.

In Your Hands  Lyrics by Dawn M. Hamsher

As I walk in darkened places,
As I deal with pain so large,
I will lay my fears before you
Knowing that you are in charge.

Your plans are hidden from us.
We don't know what's in store,
But your glory shines in all this
Even through a closed door.

Lord, I call on you. Do you hear me?
Lord, I call on you. Come surround me.
In your hands, I'm seeking refuge from a world that is so cold.
Wrap me in your warm embrace; rest me on your strong hold.

Lord, we call on you. Do you hear us?
Lord, we call on you. Come surround us.
In your hands, We're seeking refuge from a world that is so cold.
Wrap us in your warm embrace; rest us on your strong hold.

I struggle for understanding.
Why do bad things come our way?
Give me peace in every moment,
Trusting you for each new day

We cry out to you for healing,
Praying far into the night.
No matter what the outcome,
Hold us close and be our light.


I feel your hands upon me,
Giving strength when I have none;
Lifting up my weary shoulders
Through all that life has done.

What a blessing you are to us.
For in you, we can confide.
We never have to be alone.
You are always by our side.



  1. Beautiful poem! I pray that God's strength and truth and warmth surrounds and fill them in this most difficult time, and that His grace will continue to grow and spread among the many tears that fall, for His glory and their utmost good!

    1. Petra,
      It was mistakenly reported on facebook that Shelby had died, so my original opening stated as such. She is still alive and later this week will be taken off life support.

  2. Oh my word, I don't know the Shelby story, as I've just found your blog, but I am so sad to read a life is ending. I, too, pray for this family. What beautiful words you have written, Dawn, and what a beautiful gift.

    1. Thank you, Mare. On April 1, Shelby had a severe asthma attack and went without oxygen for 15+ minutes. There is brain damage and they do not expect her to live. Her family attends our church. Thank you for your prayers.

  3. Beautiful song and a fitting tribute. Hope it gives the family some solace in their dark hour.

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

    1. J.C.,
      Thank you. It's going to be a rough week for them.


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