Thankful! 1-28-16 enews
It's kind of silly, but my heart was filled with joy after our family watched our beloved Carolina Panthers advance to the Super Bowl this past Sunday. After all the years of traveling to Spartanburg training camps, enduring the 1-15 seasons, the unexpected losses, now the biggest game in the world, we still couldn't believe that they had actually done it.
Sunday night was a joyous time in the Riddle household. However, the joy was short lived as late the next night our oldest son Sam was rushed in for an emergency surgery. A perforated ulcer was diagnosed (very rare for his age I understand), the operation was supposed to last an hour, but three hours later, at 1:00am, I began to panic. Why is this taking so long? Why haven't we heard anything? I kept praying "Lord Have Mercy!" I pulled out my IPhone and looked at our last picture together... our long awaited trip to watch Star Wars, and my chance to wear my Storm Troopers helmet. As I looked at the picture I burst into tears, "God please don't take our son!" The Super Bowl seemed of little importance now, temporal things usually do when compared to what really matters. As Lisa and I texted back and forth past midnight I reminded both of us, "Sam's in God's Hands as he's always been." Whatever happens I know the Lord will get us through. Eventually the Surgeon did come out, "Your son's going to be fine" he said. It's hard to communicate what I felt but the below Psalm is appropriate:
"Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." Psalm 28:6-7
King David communicates what I cannot. Let me just say, thank you to so many for your support and prayers, we truly felt them.
It seems especially appropriate that I'm preaching "For the Glory of God in All Things" this Sunday at the 9:00am Buckwalter service. Lord willing I'll be there.
Until then Go Panthers!
Glorify God & Enjoy Him Forever!