"Give thanks, for God is good. God's love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those God redeemed from the hand of the foe…" - Psalm 107:1-2
Psalm 107 charges us to share our good news. Those who wandered lost…those who sat in darkness...those whose ships were nearly sunk…tell your story!
So, here goes.
Last November, my wife and I went to our 19-week ultrasound and found out that our baby was only measuring 15 weeks. After a series of tests, we were told we would lose her.
But through eight weeks of repeat scans, she held on. Then through five weeks of hospital bedrest. Finally, Nola was born, a scrappy one pound, one ounce.
She spent 12 weeks in the hospital. Her life is still full of challenges. But yesterday we celebrated four months with our daughter, who now tips the scale at five pounds.
I won't say that God saved Nola. There are too many other beloved children who don't make it. But I must say that God has saved me again and again through these long months. God has sent a legion of angels to my side…
…the anonymous person who left a fully-decorated Christmas tree on our porch, when we didn't have the energy to celebrate…
…the ten-year-old girl who prayed for Nola every day of her winter vacation…
…the church member who struggles with anxiety but sang "It is Well with My Soul" on my voicemail…
So many angels. So many stories to share. God is good. God's love endures forever. Give thanks, and go tell yours.
Yarn Spinner, write your story of love in me. Send me as an angel to those who are lost and sinking. And bless sweet Nola.
Vince Amlin is Associate Minister at the United Church of Gainesville, Gainesville, Florida.