Since tomorrow is Palm Sunday with the beauty of Spring everywhere we look, it is a perfect time to raise our gaze from the common to the sublime. From the bleakness of winter to the hope of Spring, let us gaze at God’s creation coming to life. We drink in this newness of life as hope that brings appreciation and thanks to God.
At this time of year my thoughts go to Psalm 121:1-8 which I learned as a child, here in the English Standard Version,
- I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
- My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
- He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
- Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
- The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
- The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
- The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
- The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
That Psalm brings me such comfort today, just as it did while caring for my husband. I am especially thankful that God does not sleep, and in the middle of the night when Carlton woke me for the 3rd time for help, it was comforting to know that God was also awake and that He heard my desperate prayers. To make this Psalm even more personal, I offer you an altered version today:
- I will lift up my eyes to the heavens from whence come beauty and wonder,
- Because otherwise my mind and heart become bogged down with sickness and despair due to Parkinson’s Disease and the thoughts of an uncertain future.
- As I gaze at God’s creation, my heart begins to soften and my thoughts morph from the weariness of the duties of a caregiver into the joy of a thankful heart
- From thoughts of death to the beauty of life,
- From being consumed with worry to feelings of calm.
- My heart overflows with thanks to Him for friends and family, without whom I would not make it,
- And I thank Him for Hope for tomorrow and Peace for today.