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