May 28, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday

Happy 60th Birthday Jack! Another milestone that we never imagined you would reach; but once again we see that God's ways are mysterious and He is sovereign and He is good.
l love you Jack and hope that you have a good day today.

A friend of ours, who lost her husband to ALS a few years ago, heard this song which was sung at a memorial hymn sing and it meant so much to her that she emailed it to us. Indeed, the words are beautiful and very meaningful and Jack wanted to share it with you all on the blog.


When my plans have fallen through and I don’t know what to do.
I just look unto the hills, whence comes my help.
And when the dreams I’ve dreamed have died
And I need a place to hide.
I just look unto the hills whence comes my help.

And I cry Father, Holy Father.
I need to rest a while close to You.
Give me water, living water.
For it’s in these hills I feel my strength renewed.

When there’s pain on every side, I simply close my eyes.
And I look unto the hills, whence comes my help.
And when my valleys will all turn into another yesterday.
I just look unto the hills, whence comes my help.


 So when things all go wrong, and you feel all hope is gone.
Just look unto the hills, whence comes your help.
So go to your knees in prayer, cause the Lord is always there.
When you look unto the hills, whence comes your help.

Here's a version of it found on you tube.


  1. Jack and Lena, your 'journey' has been such a blessing to us! We continue to pray for Christ's aroma to keep wafting from your life as it has been. Have a precious day of celebration and reflection

  2. Happy 60th Birthday, Mr. Westerink! We hope you may enjoy this special day with your dear wife, children and grandchildren. May God continue to bless you, as we pray for grace sufficient. Greetings from Ron, Karen and family, (including the newly engaged couple.)

  3. Happy 60th Birthday Mr. Westerink. We hope you may yet enjoy the sunshine on this special day with your dear wife, children and grandchildren. May God give you everything you need to make you 'ripe' for His kingdom. Thank you for sharing joys, trials and truths via your blog. May the seed sown in this way also bear fruit on that great Harvest Day.

  4. Happy Birthday to you Jack! May the Lord bless you and give you strength for each day. I really like that hymn. It is beautiful and a good reminder to keep looking up to the hills.
    With love to you and Lena.

  5. Dear Jack and Lena, Congratulations. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Bert & Anneke Westerink

  6. Happy birthday Jack! Wishing you a special day with your family and God's upholding strength, comfort and presence as you continue your difficult journey. May Christ continued to be glorified through you! Sandra Baron

  7. God's Blessings continue to surround you and your family Jack and Lena, We know that God's Ways are not our ways, we give thanks that Jack is still able to be here with you all and celebrate his 60th Birthday..that is amazing!. May God's love and comfort continue to be with you all! - Grace

  8. Happy Birthday, Jack! Another milestone you didn't expect to reach. The Lord is indeed gracious. May the Lord continue to uphold you both. I pray for you both daily. Ps 91 comes to mind as I think of you both. I will only quote a few verses:
    "He who abides in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust""