Then we will shout for joy over your victory and celebrate your triumph by praising our God. –Psalm 20:5 GNT

If you have never had a colonoscopy, then I won’t provide too many details. I don’t want you to be influenced by my experience. But I do want to give the rest of my story. Last week I recounted how it took me three years to finally agree to do the screening. March 17 was the date. The real challenge was preparing mentally, physically, and spiritually for the procedure.

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Hilda R. Davis Photo Credit Mahalia Jackson sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett

I really have no idea why I offered resistance. In spite of not quite following the directions for preparation, raising questions while I replaced my clothing with a hospital gown, and even as I was being wheeled to the outpatient surgery, I made it clear that it was my choice whether I stayed; nonetheless, I got it done.

If you are reluctantly facing a health screening or another challenging situation that may cause you to feel anxious or a tad bit afraid, you may be helped by “how I got over” and was able to “shout for joy” after the process. Mahalia Jackson’s version of How I Got Over gives me my praise.

Prayer and scripture. The 23rd Psalm brought me comfort in its assurance of being led beside still waters and restoring my soul. My prayer was simple and also from the 23rd Psalm: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me. . .v4. I could not control the outcome, but I knew that I was not alone.

Inspirational readings. I am reading Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens, an Upper Room Lenten selection. Sitting in silence while focusing on a sacred word helped me quiet my mind to prepare for the procedure.

When I need to relax and center myself, I play Rachmaninoff. I find these selections relaxing, and I am able to take my mind off my circumstances and breathe.

Photo Credit: Erin A. Grimes

Photo Credit: Erin A. Grimes

By the morning of the procedure, I was thirsty, hungry, sleepy, and a little bit edgy. It was due to hours of fasting and an internal cleanse. So I decided to dress up. Yep, I did not want to look as I felt. Just the act of looking good helped me to feel better. Do I look like my next stop is on a gurney headed to an outpatient procedure? No? Thank you.

The procedure went well. It took me three years to finally have a colonoscopy, but I got it done. Whatever you are going through, know that you are not alone. Take time to center in prayer, reflect on scripture and inspirational readings, listen to music that soothes you, or create your healing rituals. Then, dress up and show up; afterward you can tell your story of “how you got over” while praising God for your victory.

Our Lenten Journey Updates

My #LiveHealthyBeWell Lenten Journey:

 Trying to get my rhythm, so three out of seven days last week I wrote in my journal and meditated for five minutes. All seven days I prayed. Easier to stop and pray than to sit down read, write, and journal—already tired at 8:00 p.m.! May switch to mornings.

Linda’s #LiveHealthyBeWell Lenten Journey:

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Photo Credit: Hilda R. Davis

I was out of town for just over a week and found my plan for walking crashed and burned, but yet I moved more than I have in a long while, getting most everywhere I needed to go by foot. Because I was so active, I gained the benefits of a more physically active and healthy lifestyle. I was also very intentional about how I ate.

Lenten Meditations on Fasting (Please continue to list your daily joys)