I also have so much to be thankful for this week; I don't want to miss the opportunity to record it!
This passage has been a refrain in my heart this week:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his namesake."
Psalm 23: 1-3
We are in a period of waiting as we still have not heard back from our insurance company about Jesse's assessments. In that waiting, God has been revealing more things about Jesse that we definitely need to have checked out but I can also see how he is leading me by still waters. Yesterday, I had another opportunity to talk with the mother I talked to last week in the lunch room. Even though talking to her confirms for me more and more the issues we are facing with Jesse, it also gives me hope that I am not in this alone, that someone else gets my son. There has also been a presence of peace that pervades the anxiety that tends to creep up from time to time. Waiting is good for the soul in many ways. It helps me rely on my shepherd and makes me listen and watch for ways that he is always taking care of me.
For this time of waiting, I am thankful....
mothers who know
mothers who have been there
mothers who have paved the way
a pastor willing to stay late and talk
a pastor/Shepherd willing to learn from mistakes
a car decision made
a church that values kids
communion talk with Jesse
that we get to share the Lord's supper with him for the first time on Sunday
hope from anger
the opportunity to walk the road of suffering with a friend
seeing our shepherd along the way
knowing that the road leads to Him
knowing the road brings him glory
blue eyes in my rear view mirror
the jibber jabber of little one, testing out his new vocabulary
good reports from a teacher
a teacher that prays for Jesse every morning during her devotions
the prayers of friends
the promise of broken souls restored
my own soul, restored
Thank you Jesus, my shepherd, brother and friend.