Do You Know Jesus is There for You?

by Mary Haskett

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Years ago I came to Canada with my family to start a new life. We arrived in the fall and my lifelong friend, who had immigrated before me, housed us for a few months and informed us about the ways of life. We learned of the coming winter and the necessity for the children to have snowsuits, boots, hats, gloves and scarves.  We learned that skating was practically a national past-time.

With excitement, the said items were purchased and off we went to the skating rink. We rented skates and soon my six year old twins and their two older brothers were going it alone, albeit a bit wobbly, but with great determination. “Come on Mom,” they yelled as they passed by me clutching the side!

I never did learn to skate, perhaps I didn’t try hard enough, but one thing I learned – that Jesus Christ loved me and my family. Once I learned this truth there was no hesitancy on my part, not like at the rink where I stumbled and fell.

Not a doubt entered my head as I joined
the company of believers in a nearby church.

What a joy to know that God loves us and through the challenges and stumbles of life He is there to help. I learned the truth of Jesus’ declaration:

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”  (John 10:10, KJV).


O Lord may I never doubt your love, but remember through all my ups and downs that You care, and You will help me in every situation. Thank you Jesus.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at



  1. Hello Marijo,
    You did better than me! Mind you I did learn to swim in my sixties! I had been terrified of water… a long story. I enjoyed visiting your site. I was a nurse too! The Lord bless you.

  2. Leaning on the everlasting arms… I started taking skating lessons at age 14 and the other “beginners” were about 8 but I had much fun with it through several years – several of my friends turned pro and are teaching even today!

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