Thanksgiving and Praise

Praise and thanksgiving.

I want to live a life of praise and thanksgiving. All the time.

My eyes welled with tears again today, but the tears were different than last week. These tears, the catch in my voice, were the result of joy. Praise. Thanksgiving. In the gift of good news.

All week I prayed for joy in the midst of the unknown. I practiced praising God despite the fact the news from the surgeon that Van’s swollen lymph nodes could mean the thyroid cancer spread.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.             1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

And it really did help face those days of waiting. When we left for the doctor’s office this morning, the nagging trepidation lingered. We held hands in the car and in the waiting room. Not many words; each of us lost in our own thoughts. Silently continuing to pray.

Dr. Roy quickly shared the good news. The cancer was contained in the thyroid. Even though the lymph nodes were swollen, there is no more cancer. Gone. A clean slate.

And so, tears again. Tears of joy. Just like last week, when I waited in the hospital lobby, tears seem to come from nowhere. But today, if anyone notices, thanksgiving and praise will be my response.

To all of you who prayed with us and for us, I say thank you. The prayers of God’s people provide strength in the hard times. I lift you in my song of thanksgiving today.

I join David in offering thanksgiving to God today,

 

I will exalt you, My God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:1-7

 

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