Friday, April 06, 2007

A Day of Hallelujahs

I took it for granted that all my kids would pop up out of bed in the morning, start their day refreshed, and get to their daily tasks, crossing them off their “to do” lists. I now know what a gift that was all those years. I now know that all those healthy days were a gift, a blessing I should have been more thankful for. I looked at the calendar this morning and found that it was nine months ago that Katy started complaining that her stomach was cramping day and night and she couldn’t sleep very well. Since that time I have seen the struggle up close, of a girl who fought hard against discouragement as month after month she was told things would get better and they didn’t. Her sorrow was not only heavy on her heart, her feelings of failure had to be daily laid down at the cross.

Over the past nine months we had heard from several people now taking Remicade that it is the “Cadillac” of all drugs for inflammatory problems. But it is so expensive and comes with so many warnings and side effects, that it is a last resort. I became convinced after Katy had suffered so long that trying Remicade was worth the risk. I hoped Katy would be one of the ones that could tolerate it and perhaps live a better life.

If today is any indication, I think God has again showered her with His lavish mercy! The Remicade is working. Katy popped out of bed this morning and went down the stairs for breakfast. That was my first shout of “hallelujah” today. Then she showered by herself and got ready for the day instead of going back to bed, and that was the second “hallelujah.” I suggested visiting the fabric store that our friends just bought, and she was ready to go, “Hallelujah!” Paul Burton came into the room and saw her and it was obvious he saw the transformation. That was a duet, “hallelujah!” We saw friends at the fabric store who saw Katy come through the door on her own two feet and it was a chorus of “Hallelujahs!” Paul Burton took us both out to lunch and she was able to select from the menu and eat the meal she ordered without it coming back up. I started to cry several times today just because my soul welled up with so many “Hallelujahs.” I have been humming this song most of the day. Enjoy the words and join us in a resounding “Hallelujah” to the One we have cried out to for months. He has heard the prayers of His people.

“HALLELUJAH” by Chis Rice

A purple sky to close the day
I wade the surf where dolphins play
The taste of salt, the dance of waves
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

A lightning flash, my pounding heart
A breaching whale, a shooting star
Give testimony that you are
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Chorus:

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O cratered moon and sparrow’s wings
O thunder’s boom and Saturn’s rings
Unveil our Father as you sing
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

The pulse of life within my wrist
A fallen snow, a rising mist
There is no higher praise than this
And my soul wells up
O my soul wells up
Yes my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Comments:
  1. Patricia Says:

    I had checked around 9 p.m. after I returned from playing handbells and singing in the choir for tonight’s Good Friday service…and there was no update.
    It’s now 1:35 a.m. and I’m exhausted….Ib is still in s.w. Wisconsin…but I checked Katy’s blog once again tonight before turning in…….and
    yes,
    a whole chorus……of hallelujah’s!!!!!
    And special prayers of thanksgiving as I fall in bed!
    Patricia

  2. Kristin Dunker Says:

    Hello all!
    Dawn, it was great to see you at The Living Last Supper, if only from a distance.~ I woke up this morning, and went right away to check the blog full of confidence that it would hold good news, because Jesus told Katy that after two days it would. My joy is overflowing! I know that Easter will be a wonderful family celebration for you all. Dear Katy, another victory! “Isn’t He good? Isn’t He kind? Hasn’t He blessed us, time after time? Isn’t He good? All of our days…with endless mercies and ceaseless grace. Let us sing– He is good!” That was my song this morning - I’ll be singing it all day long! Love, and a hug,
    ~Kristin

  3. Laura Griffith Says:

    I’m weeping tears of joy :) :) :) I do hope this is the answer.

    Laura

  4. Trisha Ferris Says:

    God is good to heal miraculously, & He is good to heal through means. Thank Him for poharmaceutical researchers, distributors, advertisers, truck drivers, factory workers who package this medicine, nurses who administer it, doctors who see its value & insurance companiew who help pay for it. They all are patricipating in God’s purpose for Katy.
    Have a joy-filled Easter.
    Trisha

  5. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    What a wonderful way to spend Easter. You went from all the pain and agony to having life again!! God truly is blessing you with His merciful grace. I’m so happy to hear that you’re doing so much better, and I’ll pray that it continues!! :-)
    Love and PRAISES!!
    Jen :-)

  6. Sandy Says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news! Hugs and hallelujahs from here!

  7. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I am so thrilled!!!! Yeah!!!!! That’s just wonderful news! And Trisha is right - too often all the people involved in the process to bring us these medications get overlooked. It takes so many years and years of hard work on the part of so many people! It’s a good thing someone was good at Chemistry! Grin! I sure wasn’t. HA! Have a wonderful Easter!

  8. Karen Tillman Says:

    What more can i say, other than a resounding Hallelujah!!! and PTL!!! I am glad to see that things are going so well, and I will continue to pray that they go well for you. Katy, I am so thankful that you hung in there and fought the good fight, and were still inspiring and graceful all at the same time this was going on. It takes a lot of patience and faith to endure all that you have. And I can honestly say, Happy And Blessed Easter to you all!!!
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman

  9. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    May this day be repeated for weeks and weeks, and let the hallelujahs continue to roll! May your Easter Sunday be filled with the Joy of the Lord as we expect a full family count of Campbells in church tomorrow morning.

    :-))) Love so much to all, Aunt Lil

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