Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"deeper than my feet could wander"… today is surgery...

I'm racked with emotion.  As the normalcy of life goes full bore, we hear of our friend, Lisa, a cancer sista, preparing for her journey to her heavenly home.  My prayers for her, whispered unceasingly, that she be filled with peace, love and light.  

And yet, the fullness of life swirls round.  Nolan plays in his final "Junior Spuds," Pepsi Cup tournament, where they end on a win as Consolation Champs this past weekend.  Its a weekend of backyard barbecues and campfires with friends, along with lots of hockey games and graduation parties galore.  We're happy, tired, and sad all at once.  So many "ends" and so many "beginnings" happening at the same time.  

We have company, family coming from far away to spend some time with us.  As the boys begin their hockey camp, their FP3 off ice conditioning, their baseball and golf.  

My mailbox floods and I am filled with gratitude for all those who reach out to me.  Through cards… words… prayers… gifts… deeds…

As I await word of the time of my surgery, I prepare to lay myself open.  To surrender.  To fully rest in His hands.  

Pastor Mary calls to offer the gift of communion in our home Tuesday morning.

I graciously accept.

With remnants of our dinner from the night before still clinging to the table, with the never-ending clutter so central to our lives, she places the wafers in the midst of our mess- squarely where it belongs.  

Because the light streams through regardless.

Rick notices as he grabs the camera and watches the light splash around the table.

And the bible opens and her eyes come to rest on Psalm 104. 

This is the portion she reads, leaving the rest for me to read later. 

Psalm 104

King James Version (KJV)
104 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:    and so on...

(I read the rest later… "This Psalm speaks to the very beginning, when God created sea and land, cloud and sunlight,  plant and animal, light and darkness, life and death- all filled with the presence of our Lord ")

Then we pray.  

She leaves me with the imagery of the "garment of light."  

I will arrive for sugary at 12:15 today.  Your prayers are most welcome.  Due to the late time of the surgery- between 2 and 3, I may be admitted for the night.

Rick will put out an update on Facebook.

So grateful to have all of you, surrounding all of me. 

Special prayer maybe for my one tender hearted boy who was teary eyed all night?  

"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders."  


Love to you all.

All shall be well. 


  1. I will be praying and lifting you and your teary-eyed boy! Love you...

    Jan ♥

  2. I'll be thinking of you today Vicky. My dad is also having surgery today. Mom and I will add you to our prayer list. Thank you for connecting with me on Facebook.

  3. Love this song. Love you, praying along with your many friends near and far.

  4. Praying for you today, Vicky, and, as we say in my Quaker tradition: "Holding you in the Light".

  5. Looking over at my clock.....seeing that it is several hours before your surgery as I read this. I have a lot of time to pray for my sweet friend. Consider it done!!
    My heart tugs as I read about the tear-filled eyes of your youngest. Understood. Praying for him as well. Mothers' love is stronger than strong. You got this, girl!
    Love you,

  6. I travel today..but you will be in my thoughts and prayers all day. and your lil man who wears his heart on his sleave...I know for them seeing there mom go through so so worrisome and painful... and then to find out, another beautiful women is at the end of her journey..multiplies everything and put's it right can one NOT worry???! but I feel that the Lord knows what is in your heart...he loves how you love, he loves that your boys are your everything..and the moon and back and beyond...and he knows why you fight the way you do...he knows everything that you think and feel...more so then anyone else..and he does smile down..with his chin in his hand :) saying, trust in this journey, for I know the plans I have for you.....all shall be well! BIG HUG much love and many prayers for you today!!!!

  7. With you always....Love you my BFF! Thinking of you today and sending up lots and lots of special prayers! TOGETHER...ALL SHALL BE WELL!!!

  8. In my heart I have a feeling this is going to be a very good day for surgery!...

  9. Good luck today sweetie.
    It should all go well.

  10. 3:30 P.M. Still praying....will continue. Love you.

  11. Oh my dear sweet friend,
    Endings and beginnings...and He is in the midst of it all. "Oh Lord, my God, Thou art very great." And He is...and you, sweet Vicky, are held up at this very moment by the One who created all the earth and the seas. You are being held up by hundreds and hundreds of prayer warriors. You are being held up by the never ending love of Rick, Nolan and sweet Colton. You are being held up in the midst of this surgery, with every detail overlooked by the One who made you. Made wonderful, miraculous YOU!

    We hold up not just you, but also Lisa, as she prepares to go into His loving arms. We hold up her family and yours...dear Rick, Nolan, and your sweet, sweet Colton, who loves you so, so much and has such a tender heart.

    All shall be well, amy dear friend, and all is well.
    Love you to the moon and back!

  12. good luck and bless you.. with God's grace everything would be fine... you just concentrate on getting better...You will be fine... :) take care and may the lord be with you

  13. praying for you and your family - especially the teary one! Blessing all those who care for you!
    love and healing

  14. About an hour ago you were off to surgery. On this raining day in PA I am praying for you. When I came here to visit I was overcome by this sense of sweetness and gently love. Praying that this is exactly what you are experiencing RIGHT NOW! You have been through a lot, but Jesus has NEVER left your, or your boys' sight!! XO

  15. I just read your post and though the surgery is likely over Vicky, I am praying for you and your dear family. May you have comfort and peace as you recover. All shall be well!

  16. Dear friends of Vicky,
    In case you aren't on facebook....
    Vicky is out of surgery and all went very well! What great news!! :) :) I am grinning from ear-to-ear! Rick thanked us for all of our prayers and support! So, so grateful for God's answered prayers! Vicky, if you read this, love you so much! I'll keep praying for your will your other prayer warriors!
    God Bless, dear friend!
    Love, Linda

    1. Thank you for letting us know. I continued to check here to see.
      (I also see there is another "Jackie" blogger. :)) but I couldn't find a profile or a blog on her. I was going to visit her.
      Vicky...continued prayers for a restful night for you.
      And, thank you, Linda for posting this update for us.

    2. Continuing in prayer, hugs to you Vicky!

    3. thank you so much for leaving this comment - I was hoping there were be an update - since I am not on facebook! :)

      Love you to you Vicky and prayers continue for a FULL healing!!

    4. Thursday night, June 12th
      Hi friends of Vicky who are not on facebook,
      Hello friends! Just to let you know, there are no new updates from Rick about our beloved Vicky. I will post here if there are. Keep those prayers a coming!
      All will be well!

  17. prayers for you, your family and all those who care for your health concerns without ceasing. May the hand of the Lord hold you sweetly as this journey of challenge takes another big step. Peace and blessings sweet Vicky.

  18. Hi Vicky, so glad you are recovering from your surgery. you are and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. big hug.

  19. Vicky, My prayers are with you today and always! Also for you dear family that has gone through so much. May God be with you and Bless you and your dear family.
    My love and prayers,

  20. Holy goose bumps. So much of Him in the post...I can hardly soak it in. Kept up on FB yesterday. Rick was so kind to let us know....Praying, praying and holding you in my heart this morning.

  21. Thursday night 6/12
    Hi friends of Vicky (not on facebook)
    Dear friends! No new news on facebook since yesterday. I'll report if there is!
    Keeping Vicky and all of you in my prayers.
    Loves to all!
    God Bless!

  22. I hope Lisas surgery went well. :)

    Hi, found you at Bonnies.As Bonnie with PAF is taking a break and Lori with MOM seem to have vanished from earths surface we are getting short of PhotoArt memes. I already have NF Abstract but are considering starting a new “NF DigitalArt Meme”. If you are interested let me know what you think.

  23. Vicky, I've been so busy fixing my home to sell it so I can move into my Mom's house which I have almost completed renovating that I haven't been on the computer for weeks. I checked in with the people I care most about on Facebook and saw your post about surgery so I read several posts back to catch up on what is going on. I am always so blown away by your hope, strength, peace, friendships and all-around-amazingness that I am once again left in tears. Again and again I hear in my heart, "THIS GIRL IS GOING TO LIVE." I am so happy to have run across you in my life.


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