Thursday, September 30

young in His presence!

Psalm 103
A David Psalm
1-2 O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I'll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don't forget a single blessing!

3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you're always young in his presence.

Today Mom and I were together when Pastor John Epp and his wife Katie came to visit. He is no longer our pastor, but I just always seem to want to call him that. Pastor John and Katie "pastor-ed" Alvin and I along our way since I left my pastoral position. They have been a safe place, and they are truly "shepherds" and Pastors at the same time. Go figure!

They came to visit Mom today and we had a good visit. It was "natural" and loving. It was not like a "duty".... but something that felt like they really wanted to be there seeing Mom. We were so glad they came.

John read Psalm 103 in my Bible that was on the table - but he also referred to how Petersen writes it in the Message translation. And I love it!

Mom was blessed too. She was also somewhat tired today. Although she perked up when the doctor came in and told her that she is going to begin the process for discharging mom.
Mom's eyes filled with tears. My heart filled with some fear. When the doctor and I chatted later in the hall, she admitted that perhaps Mom will be able to go home, but that she is dying.

Mom's body is betraying her.

So Psalm 103 - what does this mean for her? in her situation?
with her cancer ravaging her body?
It still means that we must praise God!
(our devotions together was about praising God)
We remember what He has done for us - for our families.

And when he renews Mom's youth - I have a feeling that when she stands in His presence - she will be absolutely stunning! And glowing - that she will finally have gone Home.
Till then - we will take each day as it comes - and we covet your prayers on Mom's behalf...
And, if you think of us - please pray for us too.
It feels like it has been a very emotionally tiring day.
God is our strength. I have to remember that.


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