Friday, June 25, 2010

Ancient Words

Last night was the last day of Vacation Bible School for Mackenzie and Kendall. It was an amazing four days of fun and learning about God. There is something magical about is life changing not only for the kids but us parents too. What an experience it is to walk into the sanctuary with hundreds of kids jumping up and down and singing their hearts out to God as they sing the songs they have learned over the past four days. At registration, there is an opportunity to purchase the CD that contains the music the kids learn at VBS. The girls love listening to the CD's and it warms my heart to listen to them sing their hearts out again in the back of our car while at the same time doing the hand motions nearly hitting one another. One of the songs from VBS this year is called Ancient Words and it is about the Bible's words of life and the words of hope that give us strength and give us hope in our lives. As I listened to this song for the first time, I started welling up with tears. I realized how much the Ancient Words have helped me throughout this past year. I am so thankful for the words of hope and the words of life God has given me through reading the Bible. This past year, there were times when I was physically and mentally at my worst...I would just lay in my bed and cling to my Bible. Or when I received bad or discouraging news, I would rush home and immediately open my Bible and start reading. There was no where else to turn for a source of hope and truth but the Bible. I am so thankful for the Ancient Words.

Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world,
They resound with God's own heart
Oh, let the ancient words impart

Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e'er we roam
Ancient words will guide us Home.

Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart

Holy words of our Faith
Handed down to this age.
Came to us through sacrifice
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.

Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world.
They resound with God's own heart
Oh let the ancient words impart.

Ancient Words ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the Ancient Words impart.

I will continue to search for answers, hope and strength by reading my Bible. Especially in the next week or so as I am faced with making decisions on how to battle the issues with my skin. I am growing weary of dealing with the condition of my face and the way I look. I am tired of the stares and the questions of "Oh my, what happened to your face." I hate how my kids have to explain to their friends why their mom has a big bandage on her face. I am ready for this to be over.

Thank you for all of your prayers! Please keep them coming.



Anonymous said...

Again, your thoughts and reflections mean so much. I pray God's peace for you this and every day. Abigail is singing her VBS songs as well, and yes, with all the hand motions.

Jeff (and Cindi)

Jeremy, Michelle, and Girls said...

The music is awesome! We have often sung this song in church. It is one of my favorites. You are doing all the right things Sue! You are amazing and continue to inspire me. You are always in my thoughts!

Michelle E.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I saw you briefly at VBS, but I was with my crew and couldn't get over to you. I so desperately wanted to give you a hug and let you know I am always thinking about you and praying for God's strength, hope and healing in your life. Every year I am tearing up at VBS- it truly is a piece of heaven. All the kids singing their hearts out in worship. They remind us to live for Christ with sweet abandonment.
I was once told it takes you almost a full year to have a baby so give yourself a full year to get your shape back. I often think of this in regards to you. It took a full year for you to fight this cancer give yourself a full year to get "your shape" back. I think it is so much about expectations. Setting the right expectation helps us cope. You are on the right path and God will continue to guide you as you make these decisions. Trust in Him and allow yourself the gift of time. You are doing so well Sue!!! You inspire us all!
Love and prayers,

Anonymous said...

Children singing is always heaven on earth, isn't it? So glad your girls had a great time at VBS....we continue to pray for you and your family each and every day.
Kari Karrmann Sides

Anonymous said...

Sue, thinking of you all the time and hoping for all the best to come your way. I know you are at the cabin right now and I am so glad for you! I hope you have a fantastic vacation! You SO deserve it!