How Paris and God Brought Healing for Me

Jack (Jacques), 7, & Mathis (Matisse), 5, sporting mustaches & “French” poses!

Last month I blogged about “The Tale of Two Towers” and how I spent 12 days at Tower Health Hospital instead of 11 days visiting Paris and the Eiffel Tower (see Sept. 13 post). Today I want to share the joy of how Paris and God showed up bringing healing to my weary soul (FYI my FB friends have seen some, but not all of this story.)

So, when you’re in the hospital and don’t get to go to Paris as planned the month before, what does your family do for your 70th birthday? Of course…they bring Paris TO YOU!

 If you click here IMG_9371, you’ll see a video of the Paris welcome at our youngest daughter’s home. 

French flags everywhere. For Ralph, a black beret, and for me, a fuchsia one with matching scarf and sunglasses.  A large wall hanging featuring Paris landmarks. An Eiffel Tower replica on the table. French birthday greetings.

And lots of French food–including delicious quiches and a cordon bleu casserole made by son-in-law Frank.

And to top it off, in came our Delaware friends Bud and Carol Russell, with whom we were supposed to have gone to Paris and on a Seine River cruise.

Yes, I cried.

I finally cried over having to cancel–on the VERY day we were supposed to leave–our long-anticipated early 50th anniversary celebration.

I cried because I’m so thankful to make it to 70 after surgery for a small bowel obstruction, and a long ago colon cancer diagnosis with only a 40-percent chance of survival.

But mostly I cried because I felt so loved by God and by family members who were excited to celebrate me in such an incredibly creative way. ( I later found out the Paris party was my son-in-law Josh’s idea while I was still in the hospital!).

I wouldn’t trade all that love for a ZILLION trips to Paris. 

Before that special evening I felt quite traumatized by my hospital stay–especially the 10 days with an extremely uncomfortable nasogastric tube–and my emotions had really shut down. As you can imagine, having another colon resection brought back painful flashbacks to 1990. It was as Yankees’ catcher Yogi Berra once quipped: ” Like déjà vu all over again!”

In the hospital and eventually at home, I plodded along trying to recover physically, emotionally and spiritually. But that’s really difficult when you feel like crap–weak, no appetite, in pain, hoarse, and with poor sleep.

I honestly couldn’t even feel God’s presence in those dark days. Oh, I knew intellectually that He was there because He will never leave me. But despite the many prayers, I couldn’t feel Him.

Maybe you’ve been in this “pit” of discouragement sometime. Perhaps you’re even there right now.

Daughters Lindsey, Bethany & Danielle (on the phone with COVID!)

My friend, do not lose hope that God will show up and that supernaturally you will feel His love–and even His joy–again.

I can’t promise that your family will bring Paris to you, but God knows exactly what you need to experience His presence. Keep asking Him…and keep believing He will show up.

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:1-3

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Open in browser to hear “God is with Us” by The Afters. (My second choice of a song was Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To.)

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    • Jan Beck on October 11, 2023 at 9:14 AM
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    Lynn, so sorry to hear about your hospital stay and cancellation of Paris trip. Get yourself healthy and find your time to visit Paris. Your kids are amazing!!

      • Lynn on October 11, 2023 at 11:10 AM
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      Hi Jan,
      After two months home, I am feeling almost myself again–so thankful. My voice still is not 100% (from the irritation of the NG tube) but it is greatly improved. For various reasons we don’t plan to go to Paris, but are thinking about something special–maybe a riverboat cruise in this country 🙂 . So nice to hear from you!

    • MARY Reigart on October 12, 2023 at 2:21 PM
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    Love love love this ❤️
    Mary Reigart

      • Lynn on October 14, 2023 at 4:36 PM
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      Thank you, thank you!! We all love you and were so happy to see you and your family last weekend!

    • Lori Cavanaugh on October 22, 2023 at 9:06 AM
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    Wow Lynn I had no idea!! I’m so glad you are feeling better. How sweet for God to bless you through the love of your family and friends. I pray God continues to strengthen you and bless you.. My mom and I had the pleasure and incredible blessing to hear you speak yesterday at Calvary Chapel Chester Springs “Morning of Hope”. Your words of encouragement were such a blessing to both of us. My mom is currently in remission with small cell lung cancer and told me she has been given a new perspective. The morning meant so much to her, she told me words could not describe!! She wanted to stop to tell you how much the morning meant to her but said she had no words and would just cry! I would say blessed beyond measure! Thank you so very much and may God continue to bless you and use you to share the hope we have in Him.

      • Lynn on October 23, 2023 at 12:28 PM
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      Hi Lori,
      Thanks so much for taking time to read my blog and leave a comment. I’m honored that you and your mom gave up your time Saturday for “Morning of Hope.” I’m so happy that the Lord used the time to encourage your mom–please tell her thank you for her kind words to me. I’m so God’s healing HOPE to your mom. Julie, the patient in my story about being an “ideal patient” was a small cell lung cancer patient. She lived 21 months and that was BEFORE all the targeted immunotherapies that are available today. We had another patient Anne (one of our nurses) who actually survived stage 4 small cell lung cancer a really long time (I know it was more than 10 years!).

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