Finding Hope -Suzy

Over the years, Suzy has been granted lots of reflecting time.  That's one of the blessings incorporated in speed line travel.   On any given day Suzy may be thinking about her life; her work or faith.  Somedays she can't help but people watch, and wonder about the stories behind all those blank stares.  Mostly she ponders the three loves of her life, God, her husband, Doug and music.  All three have blessed and enriched her beyond expectation.

For several years life has been really sweet for Suzy.  She is blessed to have a solid, meaningful job and her marriage to Doug has been storybook.  Suzy heard the call from God decades ago to share her gift of music.  She has been a major part of Hope's Worship ministry since the church came into existence.  Hearing the prayer filled notes coming off her family's piano can't help but make the listener feel closer to God.  Knowing that the piano was her mother’s and traveled thousands of miles to be with her on the Voorhees stage, makes Suzy feel connected with every keystroke. Maybe that's one reason she always plays with a smile.

On cold, wintery days everyone walks with a bit of caution.  What looks wet one minute, may turn to ice the next.   Unfortunately, that situation ambushed Suzy's husband, Doug.  Slipping on some black ice, he injured his ankle.  What seemed like a break, cast and fix at first, has turned into a life altering nightmare.  To date there have been three surgeries.  Doug couldn't take that one step forward since he was confined to a wheel chair for quite a while.  Finally, when he was able, a few steps forward were always accompanied with a few steps back.

By the spring of 2018, Suzy was mentally and emotionally drained.    In her own words, " One of the greatest moments of my ongoing resurrection was last spring, the morning Doug faced his third surgery in a month and half. I was exhausted, frustrated for him, nervous about the delay in his healing and overwhelmed at the uncertainty of the whole scene." 

 If there was ever a vulnerable time for the "enemy" to get into Suzy's head, that could have been the day.  How easy would it have been to plant the seed, “Look at all those happy faces riding to work with you, Suzy.  They don't all share their gifts with God like you do.  Do you think they get up every Sunday morning and play hymns for His Glory?  Is this the thanks you get Suzy?  Wise up woman."

 Being a woman of tremendous faith, Suzy responded, "The weeping cherry blossom in our front yard was in full bloom, and I was marveling at God's creation and His Grace through what we both had already dealt with in such a short time. Words from a song came to my mind and heart, and I felt an instant wash of peace, rebirth and resurrection come over me, knowing that one way or another, the nails in Doug's foot were not going to keep him down, just like the nails in Jesus' feet and hands didn't keep Him down either.

Oh, the overwhelming never-ending reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights till I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine.

I couldn't earn it, I don't deserve it, still You give Your love away.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending endless love of God."

If you are reading this on April 1, Doug is facing his fourth surgery today.  Both he and Suzy hope this one will be the last.  What they know for certain is their union is strong, bolstered by their faith.  No matter what they will face, they will do so together knowing that God walks with them every step of the way

 Please keep this couple in your prayers.  We have plenty of evidence that God listens and responds.
 - Jim Randazzo

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