Celebrate the Day

April 22, 2009 at 5:17 am 2 comments


"God is light in Him there is no darkness at all." I John 1:5

"God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all." I John 1:5



We can only live one day at a time.  Some people lose the day by thinking about unhappy things that happened in the past. Others lose the day by thinking about the way it’s going to be…maybe…in the future.  Today we celebrate the “small” things that are huge to us – Dan’s swelling is going down rapidly; the pain level in his joints is a 3 or a 4 instead of an 8 – 10; he manages the pain with a milder medication.

Dan especially celebrates that he finally calmly told the plastic surgeon how tired he is of having painful wound dressing changes twice a day.  (Those painful wound dressings began after his Texas surgery in October.)  He asked the Dr., “Is this cavity ever going to heal?”  Dr. Hoffman replied, “I don’t know.  I hope so.  The flap is healthy tissue, but the tissue it’s trying to grow onto had very damaging radiation.”  The RN who comes to the house to change the packing once a day also measures the size of the cavity.  Today he told us, “The cavity is still deep – 4.5 cm.  But the sides seem to be growing. The hole is still deep but more narrow. ”

So, we celebrate this day.  Dan still has cancer.  Only God can heal him at this point.  We are very weak, so weak that we have to turn to Jesus to ask Him to plead with God to give Dan more years here to finish the work God gave him to do.  It’s seems strange that we have to be so helpless before we are strong enough to surrender to Jesus.

Sherrie wrote a comment today about being so weak we become strong.  “My belief about 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 is when we are weak and can’t do ‘whatever good thing we desire doing’ by our own effort, then that is the moment when Jesus shows up strong within us.  Jesus does it in us, through us, and with us.  His Grace upon our lives does whatever we cannot do by our own effort.  His Favor bestows ability within us so we can do the “impossible” things that ordinarily we cannot do by our own human power.  When we are weak, then Christ’s power shows up strong in believers, the Holy Spirit rests upon believers, and God’s power does the supernaturally “impossible things” with believers.” (to be continued) — Anne and Dan

Entry filed under: Cancer's Dark Valley.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fern Doyle  |  April 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    We read your blogs every day. We thank you so very much for keeping us informed about you and Dan. We appreciate you taking time to do them each day. You two are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. May our Lord continue to bless you with the courage, strength and faith you need for each moment.

  • 2. Dorrtie  |  April 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Dearest Anne and Dan,

    I send my love and once again affirm that I and many are praying for you both. Though I am far away your blog makes me feel very near you. You are special people and I pray, as we meet around the Mercy Seat, that you feel God’s steadfast love (His hesed) and ours. Jesus is Immanuel!


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