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Saturday, October 8, 2011

My Hope Is In You Devotional from DELUXE EDITION

[My Hope Is In You was brilliantly written by April Geesbreght and resonates with the cry of my heart found throughout my latest album, THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE. My Deluxe Edition CD contains 6 additional songs (4 acoustic remixes and 2 new) and a devotional corresponding with each song. The following is the devotional I wrote for the song, My Hope Is In You.]


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As I'm typing this, the states of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi are dealing with the repercussions of the most severe tornadic activity in our nation's history. Entire towns were flattened, the death toll was already in the hundreds after 24 hours with hundreds more missing. I read this morning that University of Alabama students are asking for prayer as they pull bodies out from the wreckage on campus.


Earthquakes have recently devastated Japan and Chile, the repercussions of which will last a lifetime for those who have lost loved ones.


Death is a part of every life. And that fact in no way diminishes the gravity, difficulty and emotional pain it can bring to those of us who remain.


When my 2-year-old boy, Nicky, was diagnosed with Eosinaphilic Esophogitis (EE), a rare, painful and, thus far, incurable disease, it rocked my family to our core. It dropped us to our knees, face-planted us in prayer. I wept like I've never wept before. He spent months in Children's hospital and on December 6th, two days after his 2nd birthday, we found out that he had Septic Shock, his organs had dropped, a 104 degree fever hadn't broken for days and he was admitted into what we accidentally discovered was called "the bereavement wing" of the PICU; where children don't normally get discharged.


When the ground on which you are standing begins to shake, you will naturally reach for the closest thing you believe to be the most stable or secure.


David says in Psalm 62, "Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will not be shaken."


My wife, Sarah, and I have always believed that God has a plan. More than a plan: a Perfect plan, the end result of which is His increased glory! Its the kind of perfect plan that would make all of mankind spontaneously shout out loud for joy if we understood the half of it! So even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil, He is with us! He's promised He will never leave us or forsake us: even through the droughts and the storms. Before we were even blessed to become parents, Sarah and I spoke of the reality that if God graces us with children one day, we will simply be their caretakers, they will belong to Him and whether they live for 90 years or 9 days, He holds the measure of their days. Who are we to say how long anyone is supposed to live? Can we improve on God's perfect plan?


The foundation on which we stood was rock solid. We were not the solid ones. He is. Our hope is in Him alone. The peace that passes understand was our song. Multiple nurses would spend their downtime in Nicky's room and tell Sarah, "There's such a peace in here!" Then Sarah would tell them why.


And on one glorious day, a befuddled doctor told us that the most severe case of EE they had ever witnessed was no longer remotely present in Nicky's little body.

9 comments:

Bethany Haile said...

"It dropped us to our knees, face-planted us in prayer."
That is one of the hardest, yet most amazing places to be! God's picture of my little world is so much bigger than mine and when I see death, He GIVES life!

Emilee Kaye said...

This song is such an inspiration and this DEVO adds to the goodness of it. I have been familiar with ''your story'' for awhile and I smile every time I reach the bottom line. :) PTL!

ByHisGrace Debbie said...

I rejoice greatly for you over the Befuddled Doctor's news. That is wonderfull that you son is healed of EE. You are right God does have a perfect plan and though the whole world is not shouting for joy we know you are and your wife are and the many that will read your recent blog. May God continue to use you in many lives of the brokenhearted and point to us to our Savior through your songs. Only by God's Grace, Debbie de Llano

K Y Murphy said...

Aaron, I agree that God has a perfect plan for each one of His kids. I rejoice with your family for your miracle! God is SOOO good! I've realized after a lot of self-inflicted suffering that the choice to suffer or surrender is ours, 'cause the outcome is the same! I just heard "Give Me Words..." & it blessed my heart! That's my prayer, I'm often surrounded by non-believers & I pray for THE right words to say to them at just the right time for God to reach them!!! God bless U & yours!!!

Amy Dauber said...

Oh, my goodness...when I read this I nearly fell on the floor. Months ago one day I heard them talking about your son on K-LOVE (before he had been diagnosed). My son has lived with EE his entire life (he is 12) and nearly died from it before diagnosis. I called the radio station and tried to get them to understand how important it was that your angel be tested for this, but I wasn't sure the lady was fully understanding the urgency I was trying to convey. Anyway, I praise the Lord that God knew what was needed! Please please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you. We live in Ohio near (in our opinion) the best place for treatment for this disease. I don't want to put personally identifying information on a blog but there has to be a way to be in touch if you want to talk to us. May God bless you and your family!

Elijah said...

What an amazing story Aaron, and many thanks for sharing! I have a 4 month old at home and anytime he is uncomfortable it tears me up. I would agree with you that children are a gift from God and he has a perfect plan for them. To me it's in honor to be entrusted with my son's life guiding him in love and faith. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Natalia said...

I read your post last month on Oct 8.. It was the day when my dear mom went to be with God...hard day, a lot of tears and same time comfort and HOPE in the Lord that one day we all will be together again.. Thank you for this song!!! The words are loud in my heart and "my soul sings out as Your word throws doubt far away...My hope is in you Lord, all the day long I won't be shaken by drought or storm, a peace that passes, understanding is my song and I sing My hope is in You alone.." Also so happy to hear about your son healing! Thank you God!!!! Well, thanks for discovering your talent Christ gave you and ministering to your family, friends and fans :) God bless,natalia I Cor 15:58

Natalia said...

I read your post last month on Oct 8.. It was the day when my dear mom went to be with God...hard day, a lot of tears and same time comfort and HOPE in the Lord that one day we all will be together again.. Thank you for this song!!! The words are loud in my heart and "my soul sings out as Your word throws doubt far away...My hope is in you Lord, all the day long I won't be shaken by drought or storm, a peace that passes, understanding is my song and I sing My hope is in You alone.." Also so happy to hear about your son healing! Thank you God!!!! Well, thanks for discovering your talent Christ gave you and ministering to your family, friends and fans :) God bless,natalia I Cor 15:58

melismama said...

Aaron, i had the pleasure of listening to your wife's testimony and your gift of playing at the Relevant conference this year....been touched every since!