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When I Am at My Lowest, God Sends His Angels

What does it mean to be a Christian?  Well, that question has many answers.  Today, one answer is – God surrounds us with loving people to help us when we are discouraged, depressed, feeling overwhelmed. I want to share with you what two of our “daughters” wrote:

Late last night, just before I went to bed, this e-mail came, “Starting the Monday after Dan’s surgery, if it is okay with you, I would like to come over each Monday around 10 a.m. or so and stay until about 3 p.m. and help you and Dan.  I’ll bring my own lunch and snacks, so please do not be concerned about that.  

I love you both very much!  Hang in there.  Put one foot down and then the next.  Eventually they do get going in the same direction.  And yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel 😉 .  Live just this moment. Let the Lord be concerned about the next moment.  After all, He says you can’t add one single hair to your head no matter how hard you try! Love, Natasha”

This mornng, Sherrie, who now lives in Maryland, wrote, “Thank you for this update on Dan’s surgery.  Steve & I will keep you and Dan in our prayers for good outcome.  I am joyful they have found no more cancer as yet, and I hope they do not find any at all.  I am glad they can “clean out the mass” with confidence in safe results that will benefit Dan’s health.  I will add this email to the Sharon’s Light Email Ministry Newsletter for the coming week so all may continue prayers on Dan’s behalf.  Many in our group email me regularly with words such as “any word yet on how Dan and Anne are doing” regarding Dan’s health and Anne’s well being.  

So, remember we are all there with you in spirit, prayer, mind, and heart even though our bodies are not present with you.  The Lord is always with you.  Several in our group write me and are so pleased that our prayers are being answered in good ways on Dan’s behalf.  These in our group are pleased also that God is taking care of your every need, finding a house for you, a van, and buying food for you to eat.  Only God does these wonderfully good things for His faithful people.  Many are in prayer for you around the world… and God is listening to our prayers!  Praise His Name!  Take care of yourselves.  

God’s Promise that He will give us blessings so we can jump for joy and dance with happiness over His kindness, “Then shall the maidens rejoice in the the dance, and the young men and old together.  For I will turn their mourning into joy, and I will comfort them.  I will make them rejoice after their sorrow (Jeremiah 31:13,25).”  The prophet’s grief and wisdom declare the true reality about God, “I thought I would never have peace again.  I forgot about good things.  I said to myself, ‘I no longer have any hope that the Lord will help me.’  But then, I think of something else, then I have hope.  What I think of is this: The Lord’s love and kindness never ends.  His compassion never ends.  Every morning He shows it in new ways!  Lord, you are so very true and loyal!  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my God, and I trust in Him.’  The Lord is good to people who wait for him.  The Lord is good to people who look for him.  It is good for a person to wait quietly for the Lord to save him (Lamentations 3:17,18,21-26).”   Sherrie H.

October 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm 2 comments

Surgery Scheduled for Dan…Again

We celebrate that Dan can have surgery now.  It will be at HEB Methodist early in the week of Oct. 20. The surgeon and oncologist believe that it is safe to clean out the mass. The sac cannot be removed because it is too near major veins. Dan will be in the hospital two nights, in recovery at “home” about six weeks.  
A Wound-Vac will be placed over the incision until it heals. Dan will wear it day and night. A Wound-Vac is a vacuum device that will pull the air out of the cavity left by the surgery, and draw the opposite walls of the remaining sac together.  This will prevent the empty space from filling up again, and promote rapid closing of the open area.  A biopsy of the sac tissue will be done at that time.
The battle has been long.  We are nearly worn out physically, and emotionally. How dare I say that I don’t know how we are going to make it through this next surgery?  I am not a coward.  I just know I don’t have much inner reserves left.  Home Health Care did very little to help after Dan’s surgery in January. The nurse took one look at me, and started telling me how I was able to do the things she was there to do.  She did not explain how I was to find 30 hours in a day to do all that needed to be done.
This year will have been dedicated to fighting cancer. God has faithfully carried us through. The cancer is dead.  There’s just the mass that won’t dissolve like it’s supposed to do.  God will not abandon us now. That’s all we know.  The days get long and lonely.  If you have been ill or have been the care giver for a loved one, you know what I mean.   Please, keep praying that God will make Dan’s body strong, healthy, and dissolve the mass before time for the surgery.  Thank you for your continuing encouragement, prayers and support.  
“Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’  So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’ ” Hebrews 13:5-6.  — Anne and Dan

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