Blessings in Christ

April 13, 2009 at 6:21 am Leave a comment


Meet Dr. Richard J. O’Donnell, the surgeon who took one look at Dan’s sarcoma rising out of his groin, and said, “I can take that out!” One of his specialities is Multimodal Neoadjuvant Treatment of Soft Tissue Sacomas.  Arising at a rate of just twenty new cases per year per million people, soft tissue sarcomas remain one the rarest forms of cancer. Fortunately, advances in radiologic imaging, surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy have served to improve local control and overall survival.  The last time we met with Dr. O’Donnell, he was celebrating the successful removal of the softball size sarcoma.  Then, he paused, and asked, “How did we get together?” Instantly, a big smile came on his face as he pointed upward AND GAVE GOD THE GLORY!

Dr. O'Donnell, Dan and Anne

Dr. O'Donnell, Dan and Anne

Dan had a good day today even though the swelling in his legs and feet is again a problem. We don’t know what our future here on this earth may be, but we do believe what Peter wrote – “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 1:3-8

Because of Jesus, we are living “the good life.”  Maybe it’s not the “good life” that non-believers talk about, but because of Jesus, our life has been full of rich experiences, and a peace about passing over to the Other Side.  On this day, Easter, when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death, we thank God that we too will be victorious over death because of Jesus.  — Anne and Dan

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