When You Walk Through the Fire

August 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm 1 comment

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . . Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” Isaiah 43:2,3,5

Without God’s promises, we could not manage.  We celebrate the good moments, and go on without a clue as to what may lie ahead.  I felt like the raging waters were going to drag me under yesterday, but Scott and Michelle were here to keep me steady.

Dan had a good night, and at the moment feels okay. I wonder what today holds…will the heavy fog evaporate to let us view the beauty outside our window?  Will Dan be able to sit up, eat enough, be awake much of the day?  Such simple things we used to take for granted.

This morning, we have added courage because of what we heard from a dear brother far away — “At this point you remain my living examples, of true Christian conduct. If it were up to me, i would not let you endure so much pain and struggle. But perhaps God is saying: ‘Dan and Anne, you are my children and I love you so much, and I am with you every step of the way…. but I have other smaller children that I love too, and they need to learn from you how to pass through difficulties and pains in life; there would be no way for Me to show them if there wouldn’t be people like you and others like you, that haven’t abandoned Me in struggle.’ ”  We are so blessed to have encouraging words like that.  God is good. — Anne and Dan


Entry filed under: Cancer's Dark Valley.

Only One Among Many Dan’s Thoughts for Today

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  August 15, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Dear Anne and Dan,
    The dark valley of cancer cannot hold you captive forever. The psalmist testifies to God’s promises, “Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands . . . Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man . . . Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph . . . He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn [dignity] will be lifted high in honor (Psalm 112:1-9-NIV).”
    Love to you,


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