Friday, February 1, 2008

The Night Before

It is the night before Eric's memorial service. It still does not seem real but the flowers that are arriving and the preparations for tomorrow are making it harder for me to ignore what is the new reality of our lives. My husband will no longer walk through the front door and give me a kiss. My children's father will no longer tuck them in bed each night and pray over them.
The rubber is definately hitting the road right now. You can say all you want that you believe in God's sovereignty but when you face devistating circumstances like these you realize that all that hope and faith in your theology is real. As real as the air I breath. God IS sovereign.
And, His promise to be my husband and the father to my children is truth. I have seen His mighty hand throughout this whole week. It was only a week ago that God took Eric home to be with him.
Eric was doing some work down in Merced (about a half hour south of us) with Daisy, our youngest bio child. When his breathing became too difficult he told Daisy to call 911. She did but the cell phone did not get through right away. A customer came out and realized something was wrong and called 911. This time she got through but I believe it was probably too late at this point. The ambulance arrived and they intubated him. On the way to the hospital he went into cardiac arrest and then went through cardiac arrest five more times.
I arrived at the hospital and met up with Daisy and a Detective who had taken Daisy from the scene. They brought out the Dr. and a chaplan. Ummmm...I will say at this point it became pretty clear to me that something was very wrong. They let me go back and see him. I asked if I could hold his hand while they were doing compressions on his chest. I kissed his hand and told him I loved him. The Dr. asked if I would give him permission to stop life saving measures. I asked him to explain what he was asking of me but before I could answer they whisked me out of the room. At this point I knew I had just said good-bye to my husband and I felt sooooo alone. I can not tell you the deep sobs that were coming from me.
The chaplan came back out and said that they had gotten his heart to beat again. I was amazed by this. Was God giving us a miracle? They took him up to ICU where they stablized him. The first blessing of many was the nurse shutting the door behind her and praying over Eric and I.
The next few days were sleepless as I kept hoping and praying and making plans forEric to come home. I figured that he would have sustained life long damage that would change our lives forever.
On Sunday his white blood count dropped dramatically from 20,000 to 1,600. His liver enzymes were skyrocketing meaning that he was still have muscle breakdown. We donned the masks and gowns to protect Eric from infection and continued to pray. But, my prayers started to change to asking for either a complete healing on earth or in heaven. His body was limp and even with the dropping sedation levels he was not flinching.
Monday was Boo's 19th birthday. We decided to have a birthday party for her at the hotel where our church had gotten me a room. She was surprised to see all of her friends and family there. We tried to focus on her and not on what was going on at the hospital a few blocks away.
When I went back to the hospital I found that they had unbound him. He no longer needed the restraints. Bad sign! I asked the nurse to please tell me the truth. She said that when they had tested him by inflicting pain to his body he didn't furrow his brow or flinch at all. When they tried to get mucos up through his tube he did not have a gag reflex. These were tell tale signs that his brain was dead.
The next blessing was our pastor and his wife coming back down to the hospital to be with me. Wendy sat with me all night, prayed with me, sang with me, and read to me while I kissed and held Eric's hand. She took me back to the hotel so I could get ready for the next day...telling the children that their father was dead.
Another blessing manifested itself when we went back up to talk to the attending Physician about declaring Eric brain dead. The chaplan said that this man was a godly man. It was wonderful to know that the man who was helping us understood our faith. He was kind and gentle with me during this very rough time.
In the end there were other blessings that I felt come directly from my new husband, my heavently Father. The fact that they did not declare him dead in the ER meant that I was able to spend a few days mourning the loss of my husband. The children were also able to go and say good-bye to their daddy.
I also happen to know the coroner of our county. She recognized the name and called the hospital back to find out if I was there. I talked to her for a long time and went away with a lot of info and help.
Eric's legacy is great. He lived three lifetimes in this one life. I could not have asked for a better husband, soulmate, best friend, lover. I am sure at a later date I will gush more about Eric but for now I will finish up by saying that it would be Eric's greatest wish for many to come to the Savior through his death. He would be thrilled if he knew that his life helped others to live a full life for Christ by taking care of the poor, the sick, the elderly, the lonely, the orphans. That was his passion...living out his faith.

55 comments:

homeskoolmom5883 said...

Dearest Heather,
If I called your prayer pager every time we were praying it would be going off almost constantly during my waking hours.
As I sit here with tears streaming down my face, I am praising God for the miracles you had with your beloved.

I'm looking forward to the day when we'll meet Eric in heaven.
God is good, even when we don't understand. He will be a husband to you and a father to your children...and Eric has joined the cloud of witnesses...
We love you Auntie Heather,
Christine and the gang

All 8 of Us said...

Dear Heather,
Thank you so much for giving us a window into this last week. Thank you so much for choosing to trust in His sovereignty in the face of such devastation...It is obvious that in the midst of your heartache and pain the Lord IS your rock, your stronghold, your sure tower...He is your Husband and the ultimate Father to your precious children.
I continue to carry you on my heart and am praying for you and your family throughout the day...
Praying for His strength to under gird you all during this difficult day as you celebrate the life and homegoing of your godly husband.
Blessings,kathi baillie

Edith said...

Heather...Thank you for being willing to share your hurt and pain with us - Your faith in God is an encouragement and witness.

Praying for you,
edith

CristyLynn said...

Dear Heather,
We have never met, but you and your family have ministered to me and my family. Thank you for sharing your faith and your heart so openly.
We are praying for you.

By grace,
Cristy for the Slawsons

DeniseinSC said...

Heather and family,
every day since Wed. you have not left my heart. Our family has been praying for you many, many times a day. We pray God's richest, and deepest peace over you today. The Peace that Truly, truly does pass our understanding. The peace that we have to let go our understanding and let if wash over us. We will rejoice with you that Eric is in Heaven, and pray that many will be pointed to the Saviour through his death, and that they would also see what a godly father he was and spend their days leading their family as Eric led yours. Love, Denise H.

Valerie said...

My Dear Friend,
Waking this morning knowing it was the official day to say our goodbyes to Eric just hit me like a ton of bricks. Of course thinking of you and how you must be feeling that ten times over came to my mind next. It seems so unreal and yet it is very real. I too have tears streaming down my face.

Heather, thanks for being so vulnerable and honest. Even though we know the truths of God's Word and cling to those during difficult times the reality is this is very hard. Yet, not too hard for our Savior to carry for us.

My prayer for you today as you attend your best friend's memorial service and are surrounded by hundreds of people that love you and Him is that you are lifted in a very special way and are amazed at how God got you through this day in a victorious way in which only He can receive the glory for.

I am also praying for those that attend today that do not have a personal relationship with God. God wastes nothing and what a legacy to a man who loved and served our Savior to see others come into that saving knowledge.

I love you friend!

-Valerie

TnFullQuiver said...

Heather,
I have never met you, but you have been on my heart and in my prayers every day. Before my feet hit the ground this morning, I was praying for you. Thank you for taking the time to share with us a glimpse of what you have been walking the last week. Hearing Eric's story has reminded me not to take this life that we have been given for granted. We really don't know what tomorrow brings, but we do know that God is faithful. I haven't called your prayer pager because I find myself praying for you so much throughout my day. As I am washing dishes, God brings you to my heart. As I am folding clothes, God again reminds me to pray for you as well as your children. Words seem so small and inadequate, but just know that your family is being lifted up to the Lord here in East Tennessee.
grace and peace,
julie

fletch said...

Over the past week, I've been continually blessed by your firm declaration in God's sovereignty and plan. Your steadfast faith has been an example many times this week for me to share the good news of Christ's redemption with many unbelievers.

Paul writing to the church in Corinth says this: “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”

BelovedPeace said...

Dearest Mrs. D.,
My prayers are with you. *Hugs*
With Love,
Amy

shipra said...

my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
much love,
Shipra Panosian

akconklin said...

Thank you for sharing with us.

I know there are no words I could say that would help.

I am praying for you all,
Alesha

Vanderpolclan said...

Dear Heather and family,
We continue to pray for you, for strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow. Great is His faithfulness.

Cindy

S & C & C's Gram said...

I have no words. Only tears and a grateful heart to our precious Lord for His grace.

Kat G. said...

Heather, It is about 20 minutes before your Eric's memorial service. My husband and I sat and prayed for you. It is so hard for us to imagine your great pain and loss. Your grief must seem endless. But your faith in your "New Husband"-even in the face of such fathomless grief- is an encouragement and testimony to others and a wonderful tribute to Eric. We will continue to pray for you and your family.-Kathy

Debbie said...

Heather and Family,
We are grieving your loss, knowing all that Eric is to your family! A leader, protector, a comforter, a provider and lover. He was good to lead your family and to instruct them in the fear and nurture of the Lord. What a man, a real man! Praise God!
We will be lifting you up in prayer, that the Spirit of comfort and assurance will wrap His arms around you now, that you would feel it. We pray He will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus and sustain you to remember what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise.
Stick with your church sister and keep your mind set on the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Yours in Christ...The Bob Fine Family

TomNJenn said...

My husband and I have and will continue to pray for you and your children..

Tom and Jenn

Vicki Miller said...

Dear Heather and children,

I am so terribly sorry for you loss. I pray that the Lord would give you peace to get through every minute. I want to just hug your family. Please be assured that their are people all over the world praying for you and your children.

Love, Vicki Miller

Tammy C said...

Such a nice tribute of your husband and how the final days went.I am praying for you.I just can't imagaine what you are going through right now.

God Bless and may you ALWAYS have God in your life.

Pixie Wildflower said...

My prayers are with you.

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing candidly your last moments with Eric. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, for the world's loss of losing Eric so soon. What a legacy he has left behind!
Heather, your faith inspires me to dig deeper in my own life. I will continue to pray for you and your children as you walk this new road of life. May God continue to be glorified in your life, as He is right now!
Lisa

Rebecca said...

Heather, You do not know me but I know you through your blog. I had linked your site to mine as soon as I found out your husband was in the hospital. I brought you before our church for prayer. Your post today has brought me to tears. Not because it is so sad but because of the enormous faith you profess. What a testimony. What a blessing to your children you are. I will coninue on in prayer for you and your family. God bless.
Rebecca

The Joyful Housewife said...

Heather,
I have cried with you and for you. My family and I have prayed for you and your family all week. Thank you for showing us this deeper view into your faith.

Marsha said...

Praying for you. Praying for your children. Praying for those that do not know the saving grace of Jesus Christ to come to Him.

May God give you grace and strength and comfort in the coming days and year.

Love,
Marsha and The Drews Family

Debbie said...

Dear Heather and Children,

Please accept our heartbroken condolences. We continue to pray for you moment by moment, with heavy hearts and overflowing tears.

We can do little practically to ease your suffering - distance precludes such - but we care. Deeply.

Love,
Debbie and Family

Lydia said...

Heather and family,

My mom (Sue Myers) emailed my siblings and me last night to let us know that our uncle Eric had gone home to be with God. I'm so sorry for your incredible loss, I'm sorry we were unaware of the ongoings of lately, I'm sorry we are only able to pray for you after the fact. I'm grateful he was a man of God who spent his years on this earth serving his Lord and Saviour. I'm grateful he was unashamed to bear the name of Christ in front of the world. I'm grateful God gave you and your children the opportunity to say goodbye. Even though we are unable to get to California, we weep with you, and we rejoice knowing we will all see him in heaven.

Something that has always amazed me when a spouse leaves to go home to heaven is the work that God immediately begins on the husband or wife that was left behind. Although the pain is very real and so often feels unbearable, they are able to continue to witness to the world around them about God's awesome knowledge and power and love. They are able to show the rest of us that our God is great. Our God is merciful. Our God is always there, attending to our hearts and souls. We will continue to lift you up in our prayers.

Much love,
Lydia

MotherandMammay said...

Dear Heather,

You do not know me but I only knew about you for several days before your beloved passed away. I joined PW's and your blog grabbed my heart right away. I have truly grieved for you and will keep you in my prayers, not only for you but for your children as well.

May you always be able to say these words: It is well with my soul."

From another sister in Christ,
Deborah

Jocelyn said...

Dear Heather & Davis Family ~ You do not know me, but I heard of the news through the Patriarch's Wives group. I am so sorry for your earthly loss - our condolences are with you all. Thank you so much for sharing just a glimpse of what you are going through.

The love of Christ is so evident in your lives - even through such a painful time as this. Yes, God is sovereign. Amen and amen. We will continue to life you up in prayer. God bless you and may you continue to bring glory to His precious name.

Love in Christ,
Jocelyn (AZ)

Sue said...

Still praying. Here is a poem for you:


God Loves You

What shocking news we heard today
A loved one you must lay away,
What can we say, what can we do
Except to say that God loves you.

His Son asked “Why?” when on the cross
God turned His back, oh what a loss,
You too ask “Why?” but trust Him still
And with His love, your hearts He’ll fill.

Oh trust God through this bitter hour
Lean hard on Him and sense His power,
And through these days what ere you do
Trust God and know He still loves you.


Sue~

Kellie said...

Heather,
I am praying for you. Tears are in my eyes, as I picture you and the time you had to deal with today. My baby sister died last year, and although its NOTHING as you are going through, I know the atomsphere. Please know you are prayed for.
Kellie ( AOH list)

Lisa said...

Heather and Family,
You don't know me either. I just want you to know that your last post is a wonderful tribute to the power and the blessings that God gives us. Because you have such strong faith, God is giving you graces to get through this tough time.
My family and I have prayed for Eric, you and your family since I first saw a prayer request for you and your family on another blog. I have not called your pager, but know that you have been in our prayers.
You may never know how much you and Eric have effected the lives of so many people because of your blog. I pray that God will continue to work through all of you.

Rebecca said...

Heather,
I do not know you but you are an encouragement to me. Our family has been and will continue to pray for you. Thank you for your testimony.
Love,
Rebecca

Jennifer said...

Heather;

I was very sad and disappointed to not be able to attend Eric's service today. I have been given a very touching account of how it went and now I really wish I could have been there!

Thanks for sharing the ways that you have been blessed this week. It blessed me to read it and I praise God for the amazing things he has done! He will never leave you or foresake you and his love for you is unending!

My heart is breaking for you and your family, but I continue to pray for Gods provisions, guidance, peace and amazing love that only he can give.

Jennifer Ambrosino

countrymomtx said...

Heather, You don't know me, but you have been on my heart since I first saw on your blog thurs the news. I want to thank you for the post on friday that let us glimpse into your world and what actually happened last week. Thank you for your transparency of the most difficult days. Your faith and the love and honor you show to Eric is so inspiring. I know God will carry you and your children in the coming days. Let others love on you all,and help. With love and sympathy, Cindy

The Adoption Of William said...

I am so sorry Heather. Our prayers are with you. You are SO brave and your faith in the Lord and ability to lean on him through all of this is amazing.

God bless you!

William's Mama

dlyn said...

I just found out about what you are going through today - I am so sorry for your loss. I will have you in my prayers as you go through this valley. in His love...

Erin said...

Dear Heather,
Know that we are praying for you many times throughout our days. We are sorry not to have been able to come and see you and hug you and be with you this weekend. The Lord's faithfulness is evident in your life and I'm in awe of the Spirit of God working in you.
Love from Colorado,
Troy, Erin and the girls

Moriah said...

Dear Heather,
You don't know me, my mom is on the PW group. God has given me such a burden for you and your family every since I heard about Eric being hospitalized in Dec. I cried while reading your post and I just wanted you to know, that my heart is hurting for you. I pray that you feel Jesus' arms around you, warming you, comforting you, holding you and wiping away your tears. Of course we don't know how it works exactly, but I think Eric can see you and I'm sure you can feel him.
My Grandmother who was widowed, said this verse was her favorite: "And all they children shall be taught by the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children Isa 54:13

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:4

Moriah from Montana

Jim from OldTruth.com said...

Heather:

Myself and the readers at OldTruth.com have you in our prayers during this time of what seems like God's frowning providence. Our hearts go out to you and your children. These tragedies can never be forgotten, but in time you'll be able to co-exist with it, as God strengthens you. I hope you will continue blogging in the future and let us know what you are going through and how we can help and pray.

Keith said...

Heather: I followed the link from Old Truth. Thank you for opening your heart and Eric's life to us. I cannot fathom your grief, but I know God's grace and His sovereignty..."When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior..." (Isaiah 43:2-3)

Jamie said...

We have been praying for you. I cannot imagine the depth of your loss yet it is so evident how God is blessing you through it and how you are standing in faith in Him. You will continually be in our prayers.
Jamie M.
(from all the adoption groups)

Tanisha said...

Dear Heather,
I'm still praying for you sister. Like Christine said, if I called your pager everytime I prayed for you it would go off too much.

Thank you so much for sharing with us. I just sat and cried while reading your latest update. I am so thankful for your faith in Him. He loves you so.

God bless you and the children,
Tanisha

rpavich said...

Heather,
You don't know me but I just wanted to say thank you for your post. I mourn your loss and pray for you and your family.

You've been a good witness for Christ during this time, and you rightly point out that God is sovereign over even these tough times.

Thank you and God bless,

bob

Robbie said...

Heather,

Thanks for this post. May God comfort you and your family. Yesterday, the sermon at our church was about Job. The preacher emphasized how God is in control of everything, even when we can't understand. Your words are comforting to me and I hope that when my time comes, I can stand firm in my faith as you have.

~ Renée ~ said...

Dear Heather,
I am praying for your family and have been for several days since I saw your blog from the McDonalds'. Today is the three-year anniversary of my father's death (I am 22) and so it is a continual reminder to pray for you, as we know what your family is going through. God will be with you as He has been with us. He is faithful and will sustain you through things you do not know how to handle.
Blessings,
Renee

RachelMac said...

Heather and family -
We have prayed for peace for your family hundreds of times over the past few days. You are in our hearts and minds. We prayed many, many times during the memorial service on Saturday.
Thank you for your honesty and for allowing us to help shoulder your burden in prayer.
Blessings to your family.
The Geren McCall family in Idaho

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Mrs. Davis and Family, you have been in our prayers each and every day. We mourn your loss, but are so glad for Mr. Davis' gain and we look forward to the day when we can join him in glory, praising God forever!! For we know that "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

"God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

He has never let you down
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me" (Twila Paris, God Is In Control)

Y'all are loved, and y'all are in our prayers!

Praying For You,

Jessica McDonald

The Reed's Adoption Journey said...

Heather,
I too am someone you have never met but i wanted to thank you for alowing God to use your pain. I am not even sure HOW i stumble on your blog but God used it to speak to me. thank you! We will be praying for your family. Jer 29:11 comes to mind. Take care.

dp23 said...

Heather
Although I am unlikely to meet you and Eric this side of glory, I just wanted you know that - as you have said yourself already - GOD IS GOOD, and always faithful and trustworthy, even in the darkest times.

I lost my wife Sue not quite two months ago, after a year-long battle with cancer (see http://23gr.blogspot.com/); and I can testify to His love and care and support. He will comfort as you rely on Him; He will lead you as you look to Him; He will draw you closer to Himself through this season of darkness. No, we do not know the "why?" - but He does, and that is all that faith can hold onto.


"His way is best!" – 'Tis easy
When all around is light;
When men are kind, and all's well,
With no dark cloud in sight.
But when comes down the darkness
Of sickness or of pain,
Of persecution, terror –
'Tis hard faith to retain.

And when your loved ones leave you,
And when the future's bleak,
When hopes are dashed and doubts rise,
And you feel frail and weak;
When no one knows how YOU feel,
And you feel all alone –
Remember then your Saviour
Who sits upon the throne.

For He was once among us,
He felt your pain and woe;
And now He is your Shepherd,
Who'll never let you go.
But more, He is the God-Man
Who knows the future too –
And He will full accomplish
His perfect plan for you.

He loves His blood-bought people,
He knows your every fear;
He understands supremely,
And stores up every tear.
So as you face the future,
Although to you unknown,
Trust in your sovereign Saviour
Who has made you His own.

Scott and Katy said...

Heather,
You remain on our hearts and in our prayers. I am praying for supernatural comfort as you and your family grieve the loss on one incredible man.
Love you,
Katy

Wendy said...

Heather,

You don't know me either but I had a link to this from Denise. I have been praying for you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Amanda said...

Dear Heather,

Your family is in my prayers! I have never read such beautiful words about a husband nor as sweet a tribute to a loving family as I did on this blog tonight. Prayers as you step forward each day.

In Him,
Amanda Smotherman

MommaofMany said...

My family and I are continuing to pray with and for you. Isn't it wonderful that the Lord is sovereign and holds us in the palm of His hand during good and hard times?!

Blessings,
Mommaofmany

Jodi said...

Dear Heather and family ~

Like David, your precious testimony that you so sweetly shared with us declares that your soul is clinging to God and His right hand upholds you. (Ps. 63) He is our place of rest and salvation, our rock and our fortress; in Him we are never shaken. (Ps. 62) In your faithfulness to Him, you have shown that to be true.

Our family continues to hold you all close to our hearts and lift you in prayer. May the Lord carry you gently.

In Him who is greater than all ~
Your sister in Christ,
Jodi

Deb Hitchcock said...

My sweet sweet Heather,
I would never have thought this would be the path for your life, and I find it a difficult cup to bear. It breaks my heart that my dearest, and most loving friend would have to endure such pain. We have shared so much in our lives together. Even though our roads traveled have been different and they have taken us miles apart, our paths have never distanced our hearts. When God brought you into my life I could not understand why someone like you would want to spend time with me and be my friend. But God in his infinite wisdom knows what we need and provides even when we don't know how to ask. There was a time when we raised our children together and spent almost every day together when they were young. But that was not to be an earthly forever. As we moved so many times, I missed your friendship and your spirit so deeply, but what you gave as my friend set a very high bar for relationships and friendships that I have now. Your relationship with Eric (although I didn't always understand it) impacted me and my faith tremendously. You are a living testimony to how a wife should love her husband. But that was not to be an earthly forever.

After we spoke last Thursday and you shared your private time with Eric, your pain and your sorrow, I was given great peace in knowing that this was not to be forever. The words "you will be together forever one day soon" seem so small and uncomforting, but our faith tells us that they are not. That is the hope and faith that we cling to, and that is why there is sadness but no despair.

I am so sorry that I was unable to attend Eric's memorial service, but I was blessed to hear about it from my mom and sisters who were able to attend. The impact that it had on them was immeasurable and has allowed them a window into a life that is truly lived for Christ. God has given me peace in knowing that your witness, and Eric's witness, through his life and death is to be forever.

As I write these words this morning I am led in this direction again. Lives have been forever changed. Even though I was not able to be there with you at the service, I know that lives were saved in the "forever" sense of the word. There are those that will spend their eternal "forever" with our lord and savior because of Eric and his faithfulness to God as he was on this earth. When I was told of how you took over for the Pastor, who could not continue to read the letters that your children had written to their father, and how you read each one beautifully, I was not surprised. We serve a mighty and compassionate God. Who hears and answers every prayer. I know this to be true because as I was in prayer at 10am the morning of the service, I was comforted by knowing that the God I was praying to was not only listening but he was in action over 3000 miles away. I asked for his angels to hold you up so you could bear witness to his love and truth.

As much as I love you, and I grieve for you Heather, you belong to our Father. He will sustain you and he is infinitely able. My prayer now is that you continue to receive comfort and peace in the One who created you, who knows you, and loves you with a love that none of us can understand. You are his.

Psalm 91
1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, 2. will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust." 3. For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; 4. he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6. nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you. 8. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation, 10. no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. 11. For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. 12. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 14. Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him. 16. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

We'll talk soon.
Deb

Brandi said...

Heather, thank you. Thank you for running to your Jesus. You are a challenge and inspiration for us. May I prepare my heart by so following Jesus with everything in me so that when something strikes, I run to Him immediately.

The LORD is being glorified through you.

Brandi