The House Stood Firm

December 26, 2008 at 7:45 am 1 comment

This morning, Christmas morning, we were all gathering around the Christmas tree at our son’s home in California when a blast shook the roof, jolted the floor, causing the house to sway!  The children ran to get away from the great stone fireplace in case it began to fall. Thinking it was surely an earthquake, I didn’t know what to do next.  Our son told us all to be calm, and then he checked on the web to see what had happened.

It turned out to be a powerful blast of air and rain as a wild storm swept in from the Pacific!  Suddenly the lights went out, and we were without power for 3 hours.  Praise God, the house stood firm!  Instead of complaining that our day was ruined, they chose to light candles, make a cheery fire in the fireplace,  bake sweet potatoes in the coals, and go on with our celebration! Later Dan said, “This is the most wonderful Christmas I’ve ever had!”

How often do we choose to go on celebrating life when challenges come?  This past 12 months, our “house” has been hit so hard that we felt like it might fall apart.  But we turn to God each time with our shock and fear.  Our faith in Jesus and His Father has helped us stand firm.

Dan has been free of fever for two days.  The rash is going away.  The nurses have finally learned how to fix his bandage.  His right leg is retaining too much fluid, and the sarcoma is still pushing against the open incision.  On a day like today, we go to Psalm 5 again which ends with “But let all who take refuge in You be glad;  let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;  you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”  Amen! — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Ann J  |  December 26, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Amazing! God is so busy displaying his power and protection. Continuing to pray for Dan, you and your family. Ann


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