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Psalm 72:12-13, 18 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, and the oppressed who has no helper. He shall have pity on the lowly and poor…Blessed be the Lord GOD…who alone does wondrous deeds!
The Sunday before the surgery I was in church, praying fearfully. I cried through most of the service, barely hearing the Word or the prayers. But it turned out to be First Communion day for a group of young children, and after communion they gathered in front of the altar, beaming with the joy of the day and their love for Jesus. Then they began to sing, and their sweet voices and shining faces pulled me out of my self-pity. Their refrain: “Blessed be the God who takes such good care of me.”
What an answer to my cry of distress! God had sent a host of grade school angels to bear me up. The years since have not always been easy, but the blessed assurance of what has become a daily prayer abides.
Today the Church remembers Hildegard, 1179.