In Touch – February 7, 2014
Posted on February 7, 2014 by under Touché,

Recovering from Shaken Earth Syndrome

“We walk every step as we did at the start, knowing that God is with us every moment in every circumstance, but it is much more real for us now.  We hope that our experience will be a shining example to all of you that your faith, your prayers, your trust in God is well founded, and that your compassion and effort on the behalf of your brothers and sisters in God make a big, big difference in their lives.”  (Bob DeWitt from Caring Bridge Post)

A high school friend of mine contacted me about two weeks ago asking for prayers for her daughter Laura.  Laura was involved in a climbing accident in Switzerland and is now unable to walk.  Tony Congi has been asking for prayers for his niece Abby who was in an accident in Indiana and is in the critical care unit of a hospital in Indianapolis. About a week ago, Bill Bath- a former member of HRC- now in North Carolina asked for prayers for his cousin who is in a coma after a car accident.  It seems that the earth is shaking all around us.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; (Psalm 46:1-20) The Psalm we look at this week is well loved.  I think it is beloved because so many people have been through “shaken earth” experiences.  It was the Psalm we ran to on September, 11.  It is the Psalm the President used when children were killed in Newtown.  It is a Psalm for us of “reorientation” in the language that we are using in this study of the Psalms.  These are the Psalms that don’t simply cry out in the darkness, but establish a restored relationship with God after going through events in life that shake our world and our faith.

I am so attuned to people who are going through times of shaking.  You become much more aware of it when your own world gets shaken.  It is great to hear the stories of the way God works in helping through these times. Elisa and Bob DeWitt have such a story.  Elisa is one of our Stephen Ministers.  Their son, Dylan, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma at age 9 in September 2010.  After 8 months of treatment at Memorial Sloan he is CANCER FREE!! I have talked to them a few times since Andrew’s accident and they have been great comforters.  I went on their Caring Bridge page: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dylandewitt and read through part of their journey.  It reminded me so much of our family’s story.  They will share on Sunday as part of the message.

The beauty of the Psalms speaks to the reality of the human condition.  They allow us to cry out in our pain, but they do bring us back to the words of eternal life.  We sing with the DeWitts and millions of others who rejoice that God is a very present help in time of trouble.  I look forward to being reminded of that on Sunday.

In Hope,    Taylor