You might think I’m going to write about myself — having just braved yet another 30-hour door-to-door trek to Samara, Russia. But no, that requires only determination.
This post is dedicated to my hostess, Alla. Just 4 weeks post surgery for cancer, she welcomed me with open arms to a spotless house at 4:00 a.m. She had hot soup on the stove (not from a can, folks…) and other tasty offerings in case I was hungry.
Before retiring last night, she shared about her recent two-week hospitalization (short, she said. Her first cancer surgery 11 years ago required a 2 month stay due to complications.) Opening her Bible, she pointed to Psalm 30 and told me that she read and prayed this psalm each day. Many of us have favorite verses from this psalm, such as: “weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning,” and “you have turned my mourning into dancing.” For Alla, however, the key to the psalm was in the “introduction” where it says: a song at the dedication of the house. She envisioned this house being her body–the temple of the Holy Spirit. She continually and faithfully dedicated her house to God with the words from this psalm, trusting him for the outcome.
Many of you are suffering difficulties right now, whether in body, soul, or spirit. I encourage you to embrace the promises in Psalm 30 and be “lifted up” along with Alla.
I have been.