Casting Crowns – Thrive

Casting Crowns – Thrive

This morning I was listening to LifeFm Radio (shining the Light over Cork) via their App, when I heard a really catchy song by Casting Crowns – one that I hadn’t heard before.

I immediately thought of how Leah would have loved this song and of how this song would be blasting out from her bedroom if she was still with us – she liked her music LOUD.

Casting Crowns was one of the bands that Leah regularly listened to via Spotify. When Leah was dying in ICU for two and a half weeks, her Spotify playlist played all day long. The words of these songs comforted our hearts.

Spotify

On the 16th January 2014, it was Leah’s own choice of music that ushered her soul into her Heavenly Father’s presence.

Hearing that song this morning caused me to stop and wonder “What kind of music is Leah listening to now? What kind of songs is she singing?

I don’t know the answer to this question. However, in the Bible, in Revelation 5:9 there is reference to a ‘new song’ being sung in heaven, so maybe the music there is far more wonderful than anything that we’ve ever heard on earth.

There is great comfort in what the Bible tells us about heaven in Revelation 21:3-4

Revelation 213-4

So what was the lively, catchy song that I heard on LifeFm Radio this morning?

It’s a song called THRIVE and it was inspired by Psalm 1:

Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died

Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry

So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire

Just to know You and
To make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Into Your word we’re digging deep
To know our Father’s heart

Into the world we’re reaching out
To show them who You are

So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire

Just to know You and
To make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Joy Unspeakable, Faith Unsinkable, Love Unstoppable, Anything is possible
Joy Unspeakable, Faith Unsinkable, Love Unstoppable, Anything is possible
Joy Unspeakable, Faith Unsinkable, Love Unstoppable, Anything is possible
Joy Unspeakable, Faith Unsinkable, Love Unstoppable, Anything is possible

Just to know You and
To make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Hey!

We were made to Thrive

New Horizon 2014

New Horizon 2014

Having cried most of this past weekend I went to New Horizon last night and I felt such a peace and joy in my heart, mainly for two reasons:

1) I thought of the mighty work that God did in Leah’s heart at New Horizon in 2012 to prepare her and strengthen her for what lay ahead and I was comforted that God sees the bigger picture. One of the things that Leah said when she was diagnosed was – “we have to see the bigger picture“! Here is a text that she sent me from New Horizon  in 2012 – Livewire was the Youth Programme that she attended every day:

Leah at New Horizon

2) I reflected on how ill Leah was this time last year – she couldn’t smile, speak or even swallow her own saliva and had many other chemo side effects too.

I felt at peace knowing that never again will my child suffer in this way, never again can chemotherapy  poison her body and never again will I watch her suffer so horribly.

Leah has received the ultimate healing and is rejoicing with her Saviour in heaven.

I know my contentment won’t last, because another wave of grief will soon crash over me, but last night it almost felt like a little glimpse of heaven.

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Then in the Coffee Bar afterwards I met Dr H and it was smiles and hugs all round. Dr H is the specialist in paediatric palliative care who, on Tuesday 14th January 2014, dropped everything to drive from Limavady to Belfast City Hospital to persuade the staff there that it was possible for Leah to be transferred out of ICU to the NI Children’s Hospice for her end of life care – to Dr H I will be forever grateful. I write about Leah’s end of life care here.

“When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
You have taught me to say
It is well
It is well with my soul

But Lord it’s for Thee
For Thy coming we wait
The sky not the grave is our goal
Oh trump of the angel!
Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope
Blessed rest of my soul!”