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Femystic looks at 40

Psalm 40
Thanksgiving for Deliverance and Prayer for Help
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2He drew me up from the desolate pit,*
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.

4Happy are those who make
the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.
5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be counted.

6Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
but you have given me an open ear.*
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
you have not required.
7Then I said, ‘Here I am;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me.*
8I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.’

9I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
10I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.

11Do not, O Lord, withhold
your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
keep me safe for ever.
12For evils have encompassed me
without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.

13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me.
14Let all those be put to shame and confusion
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
who desire my hurt.
15Let those be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, ‘Aha, Aha!’

16But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!’
17As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God.

Yesterday was my fortieth birthday. There I said it! I’m 40. Thunder didn’t roll. Lightning didn’t strike. It did rain though. But I am blessed. I received so many well wishes. My husband gave me flowers, and so did my folks. I got some other thoughtful gifts.
But mostly I got to enjoy the day. Sleeping in. Lunch with my husband. Wandering a couple of stores. Dinner out with my family. The fall colors are still beautiful, even with the rain bringing down so many of the leaves and keeping the crops in the field.

But Psalm 40 says it well. And I am faithful still. Faithful and blessed. What does God hold in store for me? What wonderful future awaits? What love? what joy? What adventure? I will not be troubled. I will not be disturbed. God is faithful. God is good. God has brought me thus far!

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Good news from LR

October 9 was Dr. Al-Mefty’s last day at the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. Last Monday I e-mailed his former office nurse, Amy, to find out where he had gone. The good news was that she responded within a couple of hours. The best news was that he has only moved down the street!

His practice is now at the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent Infirmary (Hospital), just a few blocks north on Markham in Little Rock! What a relief! I’ll still be able to see him and to include my visits to him with my visits to my in-laws! And St. Vincent should still be on my insurance! Thank God!

This is indeed good news!

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