Monday, October 27, 2014

Love Lifted Me

    When I was young -- a long time ago -- my family liked to sing in the car. I don't know if it was because we didn't have a working radio or not, but I learned to harmonize in the car with my parents. The song I remember best was " Love Lifted Me." I've been thinking about that song since last weekend when I went to West Virginia for Bridge Day.  The New River Gorge Bridge is the location of a big festival where base jumpers parachute off the bridge. It made me nervous just to watch! But they seemed to trust their parachute completely and stretched out their arms and jumped.

      I was thinking about how God has lifted me through many difficult times when I trusted Him enough to let go of my worries and just believe what the Bible teaches. "The eternal God is your refuge. And underneath are the everlasting arms." Psalm 5
     My daughter went to a funeral this week -- she was touched to see the faith of the mother who was burying her young son.  She saw the mother lift her hands in praise to God, even though I'm sure she was heartbroken. The marvelous peace that passes understanding is something that I have experienced myself, but I can't really explain. 
      Today I got the results of my blood test that I had last week.  Since I had a treatment for the recurrence of thyroid cancer last year, I have to get checked every few months to make sure it is really gone. And it is! My levels are totally back to normal, after the sky high reading I had last year.  I am happy, and glad I did not waste time worrying! The everlasting arms continue to hold me, just like they always have. "Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come. 'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home."

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