A Song of Ascents.
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
We are all ascending.
Just as the rain fills the creeks and they are tributaries to rivers and rivers to oceans.
Every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus is Lord.
Restoration is a wonderful thing.
And just as celebration occurs - my 2 year old Springer Spaniel is giving my grand-dog little cheek kisses with joy to have his friend return - just as celebration occurs - my Springer realized if I walk my granddog - he is going to miss out on a day of walking for the grand-dog's turn.
Even shouts of joy have the potential for weeping.
Just as we take our children, our balmy days, our spouses, our friends
as forgotten Blessings and great things of the Lord.
I am Profoundly Grateful for steam. Steam saved the lungs of my first born son, Cal. Jackie and Jack Kennedy were not as fortunate in the White House - due to timing. I am profoundly grateful for Cal being a preemie and having all kinds of preemie issues to causing the Neonatal ICU teach me infant CPR and having me pass this when I surely only wanted to go home. This saved the life of our second son while having pizza about the time of my second son's first birthday. Thank God we live in times of CPR.
I am profoundly grateful for Thyroid medication. 4 generations of my family - even unusually - the men - have suffered from thyroid and 2 generations died of Thyroid. Today this is merely a pill in my hand. With gratitude for this and no goiters!
I am Profoundly Grateful for cataract surgery. My grandmother and my great-grandfather both had early cataracts and had very severe coke bottle glasses. Today, after 6 years of fear and waiting for technology - I have read out of my eye again and now my brain must adapt to 2 eyes to see from. It's time for surgery when you don't know if that is an 18 wheeler or an elephant coming down the road.
I am Grateful to Father God for processes He has given me to strengthen my fervor to walk the Path His Words have given me.
Each day we have the mercies of God renew and we work to see God makes the day sufficient, sometimes we must work this.
I heard a true story of a nurse, Tricia, who married a man with an enlarged heart. As the years passed she carefully researched new technologies. Her husband grew worse and worse and could hardly walk. She knew the answer was 'no' to heart transplant at the time. And she knew that cutting and removing sections of the heart would not do well for him as a young man.
One day she heard of new procedure very, very different. To put denatured alcohol into the heart, cause a heart attack and the muscle of the heart shrinks and dies. Tricia called the doctors for weeks to find what to do and what doctor to see to do this. After years she found a doctor willing to do this on her husband in his forties. He had the operation and the pressure in his heart chambers is better than other men his age with no prior heart trouble.
Redemption.One fine day, the sheaves will be golden.
Jesus will be there. Jesus, our Hero. Jesus at our hand. Jesus, in His hands, we will be.
Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Be with us all and bless us, Father God!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †