1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; 3 The cords of death entangled me, 5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; 7 Return to your rest, my soul, 8 For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, 10 I trusted in the LORD when I said, 12 What shall I return to the LORD 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD 17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
“LORD, save me!”
our God is full of compassion.
6 The LORD protects the unwary;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
for the LORD has been good to you.
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.
“I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”
for all his goodness to me?
and call on the name of the LORD.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, LORD;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.
and call on the name of the LORD.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the LORD—
in your midst, Jerusalem.
1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
3 The cords of death entangled me,
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
8 For you, LORD, have delivered me from death,
10 I trusted in the LORD when I said,
12 What shall I return to the LORD
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
I have been reading a blog since my first diagnosis. This was way before I realized that I, too, may be dealing with a chronic cancer diagnosis. Turquoise Gates.
Always be honest
Count your blessings
Bear each other’s burdens
Forgive and forget
Be kind and tender hearted
Comfort one another
I Thessalonians 4:18
Keep your promises
Be supportive of one another
Be true to each other
Look after each other
Treat each other like you treat your friends
But most important
Love One Another deeply from the heart
I Peter 1:22
I thought about what I want to bring into this new year all day long as I prepared to journal my first entry with the “Writing Through Cancer” project. As I was eating dinner with Elisha tonight, and looked up at our funky kitchen wall pictures and sayings, I saw our family covenant. I typed this out the day we moved from the comfort of Abba’s House to our new home here. I wanted so much to uphold these biblical principles. I fall way short, but want to bring these into the new year to continue to grow in these commitments to my family members much more deeply.
That is what I want to bring into this new year.
Also, I want to carry the rich and good memories from my lifetime, so far, and leave the bitter moments behind.
I also leave in 2011 any unforgiveness in my heart towards anyone in my life that wounded me. No need to bring that in. Done.
“I beg what I love/ and I leave to forgive me.” What in the years past do you want to leave behind? What do you want to retain in the coming year how will you shape the life you want out of the material of your past and present?
It is the first day of a new year. No snow in New England, yet.
This afternoon, as I pushed away the anxiety that my current health insurance dilemmas were causing, and the fears about seeing my oncologist tomorrow for what in my mind seems like a-well, the “it is time for chemo treatment” talk- a beloved colleague of mine walked into my classroom, and handed me a sheet of paper. She breezed in and out, as if on a compelling mission to make sure I had this unusual word of encouragement in my hand. It read in her daughters fun middle school aged script: