My heart is filled to overflowing as I write to you today. It is our ‘Thanksgiving weekend’ at church, and rather than feasting around turkey and pumpkin pie ( even though i LOVE them!!), I feel like it is my heart that is feasting this year on the goodness of God.
Psalm 23 from the Message translation says it like this..
1-3 God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
Yes, He has set a table before me in the presence of my enemies.. SO GREAT!
The last two weeks have been momentous in our household. Our middlest daughter Chloe became engaged to our awesome son in love to be Hosanna, and wedding prep has begun! At the same time, I’ve been going to doctors for the first round of my checkups/ scans since surgery and treatment.
SO last wednesday, as Mark and I sat down in the surgeons office, expecting a good report, but to be honest, I knew I was holding back a piece of myself ‘just in case’. The last time I sat in his office was not one of my favourite days.
But we are SO blessed to report that there is no sign of cancer in this body!!!!! In the good Dr’s very South African accent he said ‘this is quite miraculous Darlene’!!.
We have wept, danced, hugged our arms out, and have literally just said THANK YOU to Jesus as many times as one can.
Again, I thank each and every one of you for your relentless prayers, I have felt the effects of them a million times over, and I just sit here today, one very grateful woman.
Life will never be the same, I believe it will be SO much better. Even though I will have checkups every four months, and will be on medication for ten years, I feel I have been given an official ‘second half’.. one which is dedicated to the things of God like never before.
SO, I am heading downstairs now to rehearse for our THANKSGIVING worship and prayer night.. and seriously.. I am busting to sing Gods praise!! LET THE FUTURE BEGIN!!
Love you all SO very much…