My wife's Social Security Disability hearing was on Tuesday. We were told to look for a decision letter in about 60 - 90 days.
Well, our advocate just called and said, "Melissa is my all time record for fastest decision rendered." He received a written statement of judgement in our favor this morning.
I am stunned - the financial and medical and medical and financial struggles of the last four years have dinged my ability to anticipate good news in those aspects of our lives. This is going to heal our struggling finances.
I praise God for keeping things together for us and teaching me much over these years. I've encountered much of the self-centered evil lurking in my heart, and by the grace of God have crucified some of it. I've also learned more of what love really looks like.
I thank God for the people at Good Shepherd and beyond who have been patient, flexible and supportive in so many ways - especially in faithful intercession that has resulted in blessings I probably overlooked along the way.
Psalm 18 is one of my favorites. Sacred tradition holds that David "sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies." It was praise built up over a long season of affliction. So I share some of David's lyrics, as they are always better than my prose:
I love you, O LORD my strength, O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.
My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge; you are worthy of praise.
The cords of hell entangled me, and the snares of death were set for me.
I called upon the LORD in my distress and cried out to my God for help.
He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; my cry of anguish came to his ears.
He parted the heavens and came down with a storm cloud under his feet.
He reached down from on high and grasped me; he drew me out of great waters.
He brought me out into an open place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
As always, Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.