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Dan’s First Chemo – Part 1

We have made it through Day 1.  The next treatment will be in 8 days.  Things went well with Dan’s first chemo treatment this morning.  He went in at 9:45 a.m., and left at 12:45. Dr. Anderson, the oncologist, told him that the cancer mass is not very large…but there is a large amount of lymph fluid collecting in the mass.  Cancer cells are blocking lymph drainage.

It is hoped that chemo will decrease the fluid as well as the tumor.  Today Dan received first a saline solution drip, then an anti-nausea solution.  That was followed by a drip of Gemsar chemotherapy solution.

I will write more details later.  But I wanted to get this out now so our friends in Europe can read it before they go to bed.  Please, continue praying that the mass will shrink and that the fluid will drain well instead of building up inside the cancer mass.  God is faithful. He never sends His children more than they can bear.  — Anne and Dan

July 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

In the Shelter of His Wings

I hope you will find this as comforting as I did. Thank you, Vicki, for sending it to me today.  Times are very challenging right now.  Dan begins chemo in the morning.  We needed this!  — Anne and Dan

  by Max Lucado 

“He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers.”  (Psalm 91:4)
My college friends and I barely escaped a West Texas storm before it pummeled the park where we were spending a Saturday afternoon. As we were leaving, my buddy brought the car to a sudden stop and gestured to a tender sight on the ground. A mother bird sat exposed to the rain, her wing extended over her baby who had fallen out of the nest. The fierce storm prohibited her from returning to the tree, so she covered her child until the wind passed.
From how many winds is God protecting you? His wing, at this moment, shields you. A slanderous critic heading toward your desk is interrupted by a phone call. A burglar en route to your house has a flat tire. A drunk driver runs out of gas before your car passes his. God, your guardian, protects you from
“every trap” (Ps. 91:3);
“the fatal plague” (Ps. 91:3);
“the plague that stalks in darkness” (Ps. 91:6);
“the terrors of the night…the dangers of the day” (Ps. 91:5). 
One translation boldly promises: “Nothing bad will happen to you” (Ps. 91:10 NCV).
“Then why does it?” someone erupts. “Explain my job transfer. Or the bum who called himself my dad. Or the death of our child.” If God is our guardian, why do bad things happen to us?
Have they? Have bad things really happened to you? You and God may have different definitions for the word bad.
God views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book. When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater. Everyone else gasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you. Why? You’ve read the book. You know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence. He’s not only read your story…he wrote it. His perspective is different, and his purpose is clear.
God uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.(James 1:2–4)
Trust him. “But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Ps. 56:3). Join with Isaiah, who resolved, “I will trust in him and not be afraid” (Isa. 12:2).
God is directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life (Ps. 37:23–24). In fact, that’s his car pulling over to the side of the road. That’s God opening the door. And that’s you climbing into the passenger seat.
There now, don’t you feel safer knowing he is in control?

book coverFrom 
Come Thirsty

July 29, 2008 at 4:27 am Leave a comment


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