Yesterday, Steve and I had a romantic date to St. Charles emergency room. Believe it or not, it’s the first time he’s ever been in one. Like most of our ALS misadventures so far, this one ended better than it started and we’re glad for that. Our kids are amazing. That fact stands alone. But yesterday they each dropped what they were doing to care for us in a million little ways, and when it was all done, we hunkered down at home around Chinese food and…donuts. I know. I can’t live this way, you guys. I have to find a healthier comfort food.
We had another long night last night and as I was laying in bed, I remembered a verse a friend had sent me yesterday. I read it first thing in the morning and immediately melted into a sleep-deprived puddle of tears and worship. I’ve never seen this verse from this angle before. Last night I quoted it to myself a lot of times and the deeper meaning started to take root in my heart.
Here’s the verse:
“Behold, bless the Lord, all servants of the Lord, who serve by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary, and bless the Lord,
May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.” Ps. 134
And here’s my paraphrase, written for all new moms and ALS wives and exhausted caregivers and parents of teenagers and everyone who has ever worked the night shift
Look at them! Do you see the ones who serve the Lord when everything is dark?
They rock babies to the sound of the stars.
They tend to broken hearts and bodies by the light of the moon.
They answer their phones at 2 a.m., knowing the fact that its ringing means their sleeping is probably done.
They pray on their beds for the children they used to hold through the night and can no longer reach.
Giving up comfort, their sacrifice becomes a sanctuary – the place where God shows up.
Now, weary one, turn your affection toward the Lord. Lift your too-full hands to Him and He will bless you back. He will pick you up and hold you as you hold the pieces of your world together. The God who made heaven and earth sees your offering and He will surely bless you.