Tuesday, April 8, 2008


This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

...behold, now is the accepted time: behold now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2b


Thanksgiving 1982

Kathryn called upon the LORD JESUS CHRIST as her personal Saviour.

Truly they that sow in tears...do reap in joy. The joy that surpasses the sorrows of life are found in the redemption of precious souls by faith in Christ Jesus.

Thanksgiving Day we celebrated quietly in our little Swiss village home "American Style". The week before we were told in the big city of a store that carried items for the Americans holiday..THANKSGIVING: canned cranberry sauce, pumpkin etc. How fun it was to find these familiar items and know we could keep this time of "Thanksgiving" known in our country for it's remembrance of God's bountiful care.

Though quiet, it was peaceful...filled with promise. We talked about our thankfulness and all that God had done for us. We sang together with the children, we prayed and then we drove to the hospital to spend the day with Stephen.

Kathryn was at the hospital working.

Stephen did not look well at all this day, but we encouraged each of the children to hold him and let him know how much we loved him. They too stroked his head, knowing he was soothed by their touch. This was the only day I was able to get a photo of my “twins” together. When Stephen was home the two days, so much had gone on we never stopped to take photos. This day, side by side: Charlie looked so healthy and full of color, Stephen was swollen and his color pale.

Kathryn came down on her break and asked to speak with me privately. We went out of Stephen's room to a quiet spot where we could speak without interruption.

"Hope...I KNOW!!...I now KNOW!”

There are no words to describe the depths of JOY, PEACE and THANKFULNESS upon hearing these words!

Perfect peace…at such a time. Thanksgiving.

“Kathryn…you’ve trusted Christ as your Saviour!!”

“Yes, You said, I would KNOW…and I do!”

For thou, LORD, are good , and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psalm 86:5

The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psalm 145:18

Kathryn, remembered the verses I had shared with her

I John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Verse 20 And we know that the Son of God is come and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

I not only treasure the Word of God, but also the hymns of old.
This hymn, we sung at the little church we had found in Switzerland. Though we weren’t able to attend for long; this song always stayed in my heart and how appropriate for this time.


Who can cheer the heart like Jesus, By His presence all divine.
True and tender, pure and precious, O how blest to call Him mine..

All that thrills my soul is Jesus, He is more than life to me..
And the fairest of ten thousand In my blessed LORD I see.

Love of Christ so freely given, Grace of God beyond degree
Mercy higher than the heaven, Deeper than the deepest sea.

We hugged and cried and then got ourselves together to tell my family.
As small as my children were, they did understand this happy occasion of saving faith. They knew the prayers that had been asked, they knew the love held in our hearts for Kathryn and they knew we trusted in God.

November 25th our Thanksgiving day of 1982 a notable date with #5.

NOTE: this post was not planned, but must be of the LORD....
TODAY...APRIL 8th, 2008 is the birthday of my twins.


Pam--in Jerusalem said...

What a GLORIOUS DAY indeed!! How exciting that must have been to see the fruit of your labors.

HOPE said...

A sure calm and peace..that GOD had accomplished that which he desired.

Daughter of the King said...

Oh what a wonderful chapter in your story and God's timing was so good on this.

HOPE said...

This chapter and other chapters in our lives...years later...

We must never underestimate the work that God is doing in our lives and the fruit it will continue to produce in our faithfulness. Never give up...Never stop telling of his wonderous works and answers to prayer.

I pray that this has encouraged you Deby and others reading. There is still so much to tell!

God bless you with the desires of your heart in serving the LORD.

liz said...

Hope, It has been a while since I have visited your blog (I have been sick) but I am so glad I stopped in to read this today. How wonderful that must have been!

Have a blessed weekend!

HOPE said...

So nice to have you post a comment Liz...thank you for stopping by. I'm sorry you have not been well...

Take care...and God bless you!