Today's Lectionary Text
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
Even though I was expecting it, I was filled with fear when the doctor told me I needed surgery on my shoulder. While it may seem minor to those who have faced far worse medical news, for me it was a frightful new experience. You see, I have never had to deal with my own need for a surgical procedure. I imagined all kinds of things happening- none of them good. I was afraid I would have a heart attack or a stroke during the operation and wake up in Intensive Care in the hospital or worse. I started trying to do a Medical Power of Attorney online and raised the anxiety level of my children by making sure they knew where things were just in case. I was getting my ducks in a row. I was literally making myself sick with worry.
A few days before surgery, I decided to sit down and play my piano, since I was sure I would not be able to for months. As I played the songs we used in worship last summer at Institute High School Youth Camp, the tears began to flow and peace flooded my soul. I had forgotten whose hand held me and that, no matter what happened, God would be there with me.
We all have times we forget that God holds us in His hand and nothing can separate us. When that time comes for you, I hope you have music, scripture, friends- something or someone to remind you that we have an awesome God who holds us in the palm of His hand.
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Editor's note: This devotional originally appeared Feb. 8, 2019.
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