Tuesday, January 09, 2018

If the Lord Had Not Been On Our Side...

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Me, Linda, Allie, Dan, Josh, & Nicole

This morning I read Psalm 124. And thought of this.

In the fall of 1985 our son David was stillborn. 

His twin brother Joshua followed him into the world  prematurely, with multiple problems.

Linda and I did not know if Josh would make it.

It happened at the Mid-Michigan Neonatal Center at Sparrow Hospital, in Lansing.

I remember standing with Linda, after the loss of David, looking through a window at the isolette where Josh, connected with tubes and monitors, was fighting for his life. Looking upon the struggle of life and death, Linda and I agreed, that day, that if we did not have God in our lives, we would sink to the ocean floor. I thought, I would be an alcoholic.

This story never leaves me. It visited me again, now, as I opened my Bible and read Psalm 124.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say—

if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;

the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters
    would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

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