Oh, Give Thanks To The Lord
Last Friday my husband saw his oncologist and reported having some mild pain in the same general area where pain in 2013 had been the alert which led to the diagnosis of lymphoma. The doctor examined Howard carefully and reassured him that a recurrence of cancer was unlikely. A CT scan was ordered for the coming Tuesday, just to be careful and certain.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1
Tuesday morning Howard had his scan and returned home to wait for a call from the doctor. Late in the afternoon, the phone rang. As I listened to my husband’s tone of voice and gazed at his demeanor, I knew the news was good. There was no sign of cancer. His new discomfort was blamed on some moderate degenerative joint disease in his spine.
We are filled with relief and gratitude. As I thank God for his enduring love this afternoon, I am reminded of the last verse of the old hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross* – “…Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
* arranged by Lowell Mason/Isaac Watts – based on Gregorian Chant