Kept Safe Through Death

Kathy Keller | May 26, 2015


“Write what you know” is an ancient maxim. For the last 11 months I’ve known anxiety, fear, emergency plane rides, surgery, more surgery, emergency surgery, more emergency surgery, infection, infections that occurred while on antibiotics from the previous infection, non-healing surgical wounds, more surgery, and, not least in my litany of self-pity, twice-daily dressing changes for wounds that will not go away.

In all of this, God has been at work, encouraging me to “run with perseverance the race set before me” (Heb. 12:1). If I can glorify him before so great a cloud of witnesses (mostly unseen), then I feel privileged to be given that assignment. But I have also longed for it to end, as well. Never before have I so fully understood the passion behind the twin prayers “Let this cup pass from me” and “Thy will be done.”

Psalm 34

Since being hospitalized most of October, and continuing on, I have been reading and re-reading the Psalms. There is one psalm that I picked to memorize, Psalm 34. It was kind of a no-brainer. Psalm 34:3 is the verse Tim and I chose to have engraved inside our wedding rings, more than 40 years ago. “Glorify the LORD with me, let…


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