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I just can’t write my usual Up Up Up Rise and shine message this morning. I woke up with a song on my heart and Bible passage to read. I planned but my plan has changed. I just read the care page of a sweet girl who just celebrated her 27th birthday a few days ago on Earth and now she is close to leaving her family behind and spending eternity with her heavenly father.  This was sad news to wake up to today.
If you know Lea Mulder you will know that she was diagnosed with brain cancer in October of 2008. Since then she and her mom, dad, and sister along with her hundreds of friends have been on a wild roller coaster ride of bad news, exciting recovery news, sad set-back news, and ecstatic healing news . . . then a few months ago the nastiest news of all – her cancer was back and today, well today Sherri, here mom says “Our precious Lea has slipped into a coma during the night and while it seems that she’s nearer to her heavenly home, we cry for ourselves here. Lea is very comfortable and very peaceful. We are cherishing every minute we have left with her. Thank you for your prayers.”  Unshakable faith, unbroken by sorrow, blessed for what was and is to come.
When I read that I had just been reading Psalm 59 where David is crying out to God for safety from physical enemies. Cancer is the most contemptuous enemy of our day. It’s like the ravages of war turned inward; cells warring against themselves.  Starting at Psalm 59:9-16  you can read for yourself, but these excerpts spoke to me this morning.  “O my Strength, I will watch for You. For God is my strong place. My God in His loving-kindness will meet me. God will let me look at those who come against me and know that I will win the fight. Let it be known that God rules in Jacob and to the ends of the earth. But as for me, I will sing of Your strength. Yes, I will sing with joy of Your loving-kindness in the morning. For You have been a strong and safe place for me in times of trouble. O my Strength, I will sing praises to You. For God is my strong place and the God Who shows me loving-kindness.”
Please, please pray for the Mulder family.  Please pray for Lea’s friends.  These days of being with Lea are in need of God’s blanket of comfort and peace to cover them.  “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16