Monday, June 11, 2007

Psalm 121 (NIV)

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

I am claiming this scripture for this week. I'm claiming it not just for me, but for my family. Why this scripture? Why now? Let me share some of what's going on in our family/extended family right now:

* Many who read this blog are aware of my husband's continuing physical/health problems. I wrote about it here. He has good days and days that could be better. Recently he has struggled with heavy lung congestion, fatigue, and pain. Lee, being Lee, doesn't complain and continues to work on writing projects when he can. However, the last week has been particularly difficult for him.

Greg and Audre' left yesterday to go to Louisiana to be with her mother. Rita has battled pancreatic cancer for over a year. She is very ill now. She was in the hospital last week, but has come home now with hospice care.

Greg and Audre' are supposed to close on a new (to them) house this week and move next weekend. Those plans are moving ahead, but they are really having to juggle a lot of responsibilities during this very stressful time. The current plan is for Greg to travel back home to take care of the house closing and move. As a matter of fact, he just called and is already on his way back after taking time to sleep.

They already had almost everything packed and ready to go, so that should help during the actual move. Audre' has done a remarkable job organizing them to get their house ready to sell and prepare for the move. Greg will follow through on the plans and get them from one house to the other.

My heart breaks for them.

• My nephew's daughter is going through cancer treatments for the second time in two years. During that time she had surgeries , chemo, and radiation treatments. Her extremely rare form of cancer had been in remission for months until April. She has now started chemo treatments in Houston, where they live. Carolyn is not quite twelve years old. She is going on with her life; playing softball, swimming, and being her exuberant, cheerful self. She is an inspiration to the adults around her who wait, prayerfully and hopefully, for remission to return.

* My brother continues to recover from heart and lung surgeries he has had during the last year. He has had a remarkable journey through cancer and heart disease with steady improvement.

• Lee's mother is at home continuing to recover and rehabilitate from hip surgery. She is 92 years old and still insists on living in her own home. Lee's brother lives nearby and spends much of his time taking care of her needs. We are grateful he is there.

• AND--We have the usual aches, pains, complaints, and troubles that we all have all the time--You know the ones that just accompany life and seem so important until you have these other things happen!

I don't mean for this post to be depressing, or to unload our difficulties on anyone else. I just want you to know why that Psalm touches my heart so much at this time.

The Psalm directs us to look above and beyond the hills. We are to look to God who has given us not only the hills, but the earth, and everything in it. He is watching and caring for us. He has no need for sleep nor slumber as we do. He is watchful at all times.

While God has given us the sun, he also provides shade from the sun, and the moon to replace the sun at night. He watches every step we take. Yes, He knows our lives and our needs. He has an answer for all the hurts, missteps, and anguish in our lives. We just have to wait for and accept His answers in His time.

But look at that last verse. Wow!

the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

This verse sums it up. It tells us that the Lord watches over our whole lives. He is with us when we come into the world and remains with us as we live the life He plans for us. He is also with us in our goings--as we move through our older years and into our "forevermore." He cares for us now in life and forever into eternity. What a promise to claim.!

  posted at 12:30 PM  

At June 11, 2007 at 4:29 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

That was a beautiful post. I'm so sorry about the family health problems, but as you wrote, God is watching over all of you.

At June 11, 2007 at 5:04 PM, Blogger Midlife Mom said...

You sure have a lot on your plate right now so I will pray for extra physical and spiritual strength for you and your family at this time. I love the Psalms, reading them most always fills a need in my heart. Aren't we blessed to have a God that watches over us in every circumstance! :o)

At June 11, 2007 at 5:34 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Health is such a valuable thing and usually we don't realize it until it is gone. I hope all of these dear ones find healing for their bodies and souls in His strength and peace. Blessings!

At June 11, 2007 at 8:11 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

There seems to be so much illness and physical concerns around our blog community. I am so grateful that our God is bigger than all of them and He will definitely lift us up and walk with us through those time. Beautiful set of scriptures.

At June 12, 2007 at 4:04 AM, Blogger amy said...

Praying for you..Glad I am visiting..What lovely scripture

At June 12, 2007 at 6:22 AM, Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

Myrna - I'm so sorry that things are crouding in and piling up as they are. Sometimes we are at a place, like Job was, and like him have to say "Though He slay me, YET will I TRUST HIM". Even in the midst of trials and tests we must not let anyone or anything steal the Joy of the Lord because His word tells us that is our strength.

At June 12, 2007 at 9:21 AM, Blogger Susie said...

My prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times.

At June 12, 2007 at 9:35 AM, Blogger Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Wow, you have a lot going on right now. Hopefully this verse gives you some comfort. I will pray for you and your family.

At June 12, 2007 at 11:42 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Oh Myrna...I will begin to pray for your family. I have already prayed for your husband will continue to hold him up...
But I love this passage of scripture. When I was a teen, I was in this huge youth choir and we sang a beautiful melody to these words...
Sometimes we do just need to claim verses for our lives and those we love!


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