Last night we read about Shadrach, Meshack and Abednigo in Daniel. When Nebuchadnezzar told them he would give them one more chance to bow to his image they told him you don't have to ask us. Our God will deliver us. (and here's the neat part) But even if he doesn't, we still will not bow. God is God regardless of our circumstances. Cool beans!
Well, we were up about 4:30 this morning so Tracy could take a shower before everyone showed up to see her off and she went into surgery. About 5:30 a.m. David Beckworth and Kelly Bevers showed up. Minutes later, Troy, Tracie, Dedrie, Travis, Ken, Ann, Byron, Kacie, Brad, Jessica and, of course, Matt and my Mom were all in the room. It was crowded and wonderful. We prayed, sang, read Scripture and visited. Tracy was in good spirits and smiling all the way to the elevator.
Tracy had me read these Scriptures to everybody this morning. They were very important to her.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. "I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near," says the Lord, "And I will heal him."
Then your light shall break forth like the morning. Your healing shall spring forth speedily and your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, "Here I am." If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satsify the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height -- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church of Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ok, so here we are in the ICU waiting room with family and friends. Sandy Bingham showed up with stuff and gifts, games and kleenex and anything that you could think of that we might need in our situation. What an angel lady.
I will write more as it comes up.