Saturday, March 31, 2012

Psalm 96:1-3

Earlier this week I wrote about Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

Yesterday, I wrote about waiting for an answer from the LORD.

Two days ago I was sure my dog was ready to leave this world.

Yesterday my perked up (obviously she had not been dead, as in the story of Lazarus, but her amount of recovery seemed nearly like the death to new life of the Lazarus story), impressed the vet, and gained at least one more day on this earth.  That made me think about singing for joy, and that led me to Psalm 96 verses 1-3

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds.

The LORD does marvelous deeds.  His glory and salvation are important aspects of my life.  I try to share that with all I know.  Not in evangelical worlds most of the time.  Mostly just in the way I live.

This morning, as I prepare to run another race today, spend the early afternoon with my 7 year old at a lacrosse game, and enjoy the weekend, I look at my dog.  She actually looks not much better than on Thursday.  

Why did she perk up for one day?  I'm not sure I'll ever know.  Might she perk up again later today or tomorrow?  The vet did tell us that it really will be a day by day issue at this point in time.  So, maybe she will.  Or maybe she is just such a proud dog that she wants everything (even the way she goes) to be on her terms.  

I think that the most important lesson to take away from all this is that every day with a friend or family member is precious.  Every moment should be appreciated and enjoyed to the fullest.  And be libing every moment to its fullest potential it is possible to give glory to the LORD.    

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