In Grateful Wonder

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” (William Arthur Ward)

Today, I am grateful. So grateful, in fact, I have to post about it.  God is so good, so kind, so generous, so loving– he’s just WONDERFUL!

In January of this year, after ten months of battles and treatments, my husband was declared free from bladder cancer.  The news was so stunning, we could scarcely take it in. We both had braced ourselves for a much longer haul and prolonged struggle before we ever thought we’d hear those exhilarating words. But, come they did, they were ours, and we embraced them with unspeakable joy.

However, I must confess: a fear lurked in the back of my mind.  Had we just been lucky?  Was this healing only temporary?  Did the doctors misread the report?  Shouldn’t we have suffered longer and harder to be more deserving?

Wait.  We did suffer long and hard…and, we were terrified.

A mind under stress thinks many crazy things.

But, today I feel blessed.  Really blessed!  Last week, my husband went in for routine tests and this afternoon we got the news that he continues to be cancer free!  Alleluiah!!!  Today, I believe it!  I can actually enjoy the moment.  I’m thrilled, grateful, relieved…YAY!!!

I had been worried these last few months. We navigated some very rough and stressful moments with his work and I was concerned about the impact on his health.  But, God had it covered and all is well.  Oh, Jesus, you are GOOD!!!

In Luke Chapter 17, Jesus heals 10 lepers, but only one ever returned to thank him.

“When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back.  He praised God in a loud voice.  He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.”  (Luke 17:15)

These verses always bring tears to my eyes. I know how this leper felt!  And so, precious Lord, today, on behalf of both my husband and I, we throw ourselves at your feet.  

Thank you!!!!

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. “True worship is the tenth leper coming back,” said Martin Luther. We thank God with you.

  2. “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name,O Most High; to declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night” (Psalm 92:1-2) Yes, indeed He is great and greatly to be praised.

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