(Tuesday, September 12, 2006)

Today was so busy that I didn’t have a chance to slow down until after supper. The support group starts on Friday and there is more planning involved than I thought there would be. I’m sure things will be easier as we go.

Many people have shown an interest and I know this kind of group is needed…and wanted. There are quite a few secular support groups, but it’s important for people of faith to have a place where they can talk about how God fits into the picture. It will be interesting to see just how many attend our first meeting. I’m so looking forward to it – so looking forward to meeting a new set of people who struggle as I do. I don’t feel nervous, though I don’t know how I’ll feel on Friday.

Once we’ve had lunch (yes, we’re providing a light lunch for them) we will open with a reading of Psalm 30 from the Message. I will tell the group how, if David were alive today, he might very well want to be at our meeting. His moods were strong and very much like a roller coaster ride too.

I like vs 5:  “…weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
and vs 11: “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.”

No matter how deep the depths David suffered, by the end of his Psalms he was praising God. He went through hell, but remained hopeful in spite of it.

When I journal, I sometimes write a bit like David did. I cry and complain, but end with a short prayer to God, thanking him for being there. Just writing that prayer makes me feel better, more positive.