Her wonderfully encouraging message began by letting me know she prays for our family on a daily basis. Her kind words served to lift me up after a very long day at the hospital. That would have been enough to 'fill me up' for the day, but then...she shared the second verse and chorus of an old hymn:
"How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy (s)he gives,
But greater still, the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives!
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives!"
And that did it. Most days it seems I'm going..and going...and going--kind of like the Energizer bunny. Simply reading the lyrics made me a little teary-eyed. I really don't cry a whole lot right now--whether it's a lack of time or just the mindset of moving forward toward that goal of getting Paige healthy or something else altogether, I really can't say. But these words did it--they just about put me in a puddle on the floor. :)
"Because He Lives" is one of my all-time favorite songs. I remember my mom singing it as she played the piano in church. I remember it being one of the first songs I learned to play on the piano myself. When I became a mom, I sang it to Paige when I rocked her to sleep. Now that I read and hear those familiar words during this season of my life, all I can say is "WOW!" My child--and our family--can face uncertain days because He lives!
I am so thankful my friend felt led to message me that day. She gave me a much needed chance to stop and breathe. :)
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith... Hebrews 10:22
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. 1 John 5:14
**Click here for a YouTube clip of these powerful words!