Just Where He Needs Me

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What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow?
How bring back hope where men have sorely failed?
Just where I am I’ll speak the word of comfort,
Tell how for me Christ’s sacrifice availed.

Just where He needs me,
My Lord has placed me;
Just where He needs me, there would I be!
And since He found me, by love He’s bound me
To serve Him joyfully!

What can I do to ease life’s heavy burdens?
What can I do to help mankind in need?
Just where I am I’ll share my neighbour’s hardship,
Lighten his load, and prove a friend indeed.

What can I do to justify my living?
What can I be to make this life worthwhile?
I’ll be a voice to call men to the Saviour,
Just where I am, and win my Father’s smile.

We all sometimes need reassurance that we are in the place God wants us to be, doing the tasks He wants us to do for Him. One wonders whether Miriam Richards, this song’s author, felt that need in some of her various appointments as a Salvation Army officer, or whether she wrote these words mainly for the sake of others.

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Miriam Richards was born in 1911 and grew up in Java and in Korea, where her parents were Salvation Army missionary officers. Using her writing ability, Miriam worked for five years in the Editorial Department at the Salvation Army’s International Headquarters, before entering the Training College in 1932. She was given the honour of being a Cadet-Sergeant for a year, and then was appointed to Chester-le Street, followed by a term in the Young People’s Department at British National Headquarters. Various other appointments followed, in both social and editorial work, until Miriam retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1971. She wrote several books, including a history of Salvation Army medical work, It Began with Andrews,  as well as having 125 songs published.

S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, # 706; 2015 EDITION, #944; SONGS OF FAITH, #72

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The members of The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple want to protect you from any Covid-19 spread yet, at the same time, wish to journey life with you. 

At present, there are still reports of new strains of Covid-19 spread and, unfortunately, we are not at a level of vaccination that safely allows us to congregate. Therefore, we have initiated the following:

 In-Person Church Services are postponed until further notice, but our ONLINE SERVICES, complete with music, songs, prayer, and Biblically focused sermons can be found here. [Click to follow]

 Our CHURCH OFFICE is closed, but we are still available Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 3:00 pm).  If you have enquiries, needs, prayer requests, or simply want to discuss life, please connect with us by phone at 905-436-0011, text us at 289-768-5959, or email the office. Email address is  office@saoshawa.ca 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE in downtown Oshawa are operating under COVID restrictions. If you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 The Thrift Store is operating under COVID Restrictions. Store is closed April 12th -14th. Planned reopening Thursday April 15th. Accepting donations resumes Thursday April, 15th Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm at the back loading dock door.  Please access the Albert Street side of the building in downtown Oshawa from Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Saturday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).  The Thrift Store is closed on Sunday. More Thrift Store Details… [Click to follow]

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