Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Song for Melody

On December 10, 2012 I spent my day praying for my friend, Melody, who was undergoing a double mastectomy.  I started my day in prayer for her and throughout the day, as God brought her to my mind, I would pause to offer up my prayers. Every time I silently lifted her name to God, I'd begin singing "In my heart there rings a melody...." Although the song does bear her name, I thought it odd that such a cheerful tune would be on my heart when my heart was actually aching for Melody and her family as they were facing a very hard day.

Melody and I met on Facebook through an organizing group. Thousands of women are members of this group yet somehow (although I know the somehow was actually God's plan) we were led to become Facebook friends. Drawn to one another, we messaged back and forth on that day in October. I found that she was a faith-filled, compassionate woman who loves her husband, her children and God very deeply. I also found out that she'd recently been diagnosed with cancer. Despite her fears, she praised her Creator, knowing that he had her in his hands. 

This is the song that I sang on December 10th ~ 
In My Heart There Rings a Melody
I have a song that Jesus gave meIt was sent from heaven above
There never was a sweeter melody
'Tis a melody of love
In my heart there rings a melody
There rings a melody with heaven's harmony
In my heart there rings a melody
There rings a melody of love
I love the Christ who died on Calvary
For He washed my sins away
He put within my heart a melody
And I know it's there to stay
'Twill be my endless theme in gloryWith the angels I will sing
'Twill be a song with glorious harmony
When the courts of heaven ring
And this is the verse that I was drawn to that day, the same verse that gave me comfort during my hard days following my daughter's accident.
Psalm 40:1-4
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the and mire; and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of Praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. 
   
I am so glad that God put that song on my heart as I prayed that day for Melody. Through tears I was able to praise Him knowing that he has the power to heal ans the power to make something very good out the the very bad.





Although I've never met Melody, we share a common bond. We are sisters in the family of Christ Jesus. Because of this bond I am able to sheds tears for her...the devastating diagnosis of cancer, tears of joy as she and her husband renewed wedding vows in November, tears as she requests prayers for her children. I am so thankful that God has brought her into my life. I am thankful that He has her hand and can lift her out of the mud and mire and put a new song, a joyful melody, in her mouth. 



Friends, Melody's battle isn't over. She is still experiencing extreme pain and will begin chemotherapy in the weeks to come, followed by a complete hysterectomy. Please pray for her body to be rid of the cancer, pray for strength for Melody, her husband and her children.  And also lift your praise to God for Melody's awesome faith.

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