Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bless the Lord O my Soul - one more week to go!

There is a song that Susie and I have been listening to over and over again, 10,000 reasons by Matt Redman.  It is taken from Psalms 103, where the basic premise is, Bless the Lord, O my soul.  Regardless of what is or has gone in your life, Bless the Lord.  During times of despair, God's love reaches down and pulls you out.  During times of rejoicing He is there.  His love, compassion, righteousness (taking away our sin, and replacing it with His perfection), His mercy and His kingdom is with us. 

Today marks 38 weeks for Annie in Susie's womb.  It also marks the day we lost a baby, Elijah, when we were living in India.  Starting with the loss of Elijah, we have experienced God in ways we never had before.  It was a time of grief that we hadn't walked through before and yet, God's presence, love and compassion were with us. 

As we look forward to a week from today when Annie will be born, I look back to January 25th, the day we found out about Susie's tumor.  God has been with us every step of the way.  They started out by saying she wouldn't survive surgery.  Then it was, she'll be ok.  Then we were trying to get to 32 weeks, which seemed impossible.  After that it was 36 and then it was 39!

We are not sure everything that will be included in Annie's story, we look forward to seeing all that God has in store for her.  I do pray that with everyday, she would learn to say, "Bless the Lord, O my soul.  All that is within me, bless His holy name."

It's been a blessing for Susie, our kids and myself to, 'Bless His Holy Name!'  Thanks for standing with us.

P.S.  Susie is scheduled to be induced next Thursday 


  1. This to is our family's favorite song since last fall...we are rejoicing with you at the miracles all around us...peace and much joy in the days ahead...with hugs and much love, your friends Janis & graham

  2. Dear Susie and Ben,

    My name is Amy Zimmerman and I am a parishioner of Tom Holiday's church in Alexandria, VA. The church was notified of your situation from the beginning and I have been following your walk. I pray each time you post something new and each time I check to see if there is an up date.

    God is SOOOO good to us, it is amazing. This is just another testimony of his grace, goodness and love for us as his children.

    I pray for you Susie, to be able to handle the next week and the delivery. That your induction will not be too stressful on your body. That the deliver will be quick and easy. I also pray for your treatments in the next coming weeks for strength, energy and endurance. However, you have already proven this the last seven months.

    I pray for you Ben to be able to keep your mind clear and straight. To be able to handle not only a newborn, but your wives condition and treatment.

    I pray for your children, that they will be a help when the baby arrives. That they will show you Gods love in their eyes and the words that they say. That there will be teachable moments for them of Gods strength.

    I too love the song. It is a comfort to me each time I hear it, and now I will be reminded of your families situation which will give me another opportunity to pray for you all.

    I have one comment on the lost of baby Elijah. The Lord has provided another for you. He has redeemed to you the loss of Elijah and you will see him in Heaven.

    May many blessings come to you and your family. I will continue to pray for you and watch for updates.

    Amy Zimmerman

  3. Ben, I love your faith and I love how you love Sus. See you soon!