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Saturday, July 09, 2005

He Visits AND Redeems

"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people..." (Luke 1:68a... Zachariah's first words after John the Baptist was born.)

"...'Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.'" (Psalm 89:1)

These verses are so close they are scary to me. It is all good, and yet I am terrified by the hugeness, vastness... of God. A few weekends ago, I met with my parents, my husband and our counselor. We had had a similar meeting about 2 years ago; and a month ago my parents called and initiated another meeting. Hello ambivalence. My mom told me over the phone that when we had finished the first meetings a few years ago, she felt God had told them that it was not done and that some day we would need to meet again. So, she calls last month and tells me (I knew nothing of this) that they think that God told them it was time to meet. All the info. she could give me was that God wanted to lift off a generational curse... a huge generational curse.

So. We meet. The hugeness of what was happening was such that our counselor told me that I would probably need to start meeting with him again and that I definitely could NOT go on a biking trip with my parents after this. But God had other plans. I am absolutely stunned at what God can do when people are faithful to listen and obey what they feel he is telling them. (My parents listened and obeyed for two years and made it possible for miraculous things to happen) At the end of the weekend our counselor was stunned. He looked at me and said, "it is time to fire your therapist." My parents humbly walked through FIRE to reclaim our generations.

As we talked, we began to realize that God had been speaking to us (my family) about this for years... EVEN BEFORE I WAS BORN. There is a chapter in Isaiah that we had been sensing was God's speaking to us about 7 years ago... in the middle of the chapter is a verse that someone gave to my mom in high school as her "life verse."

So. The above verses. God was moving in His concern for me and my families life before I was physically here. I have fretted, I have whined, I have screamed... I have been all over the place and He was steadfastly loving and ALWAYS moving in faithfulness towards me.

Even though I have just written a bunch of words... I have no words for this. He is beautiful;
and He can do anything He wants.

p.s. We went on the bike trip.


At 4:47 PM, Blogger H. Jane said...

Wow, what a story you have told in this blog. I am encouraged to read it. This year, I've been learning the depth of familial pain (just) as far back as great grandparents, and as you can tell from my blog, sometimes feeling submerged in its ripples.

Thank you for illustrating so authentically that God has been moving in faithfulness toward you even when you could not see him.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Judith Hougen said...

I think of Joel, chapter two--he restores the fields the locusts devoured. From complete barrenness and devastation comes a greening wholeness. Thanks for the story.


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