The Sweet Side of Life

May 25, 2009 at 6:30 am 5 comments

Today was truly a sweet International Day here.  Dr. Samuel Obeng, Kumasi, Ghana, Tim and Claudia (Dutch/Brazilian) living in Spain, Texans and Californians gathered around the table to break bread together. We are so happy that our children here are having the opportunity to get to know some of our extended family in the Lord.  Dan spent every waking moment with them talking about the love of the Lord, His will for their lives, encouraging them in their Christian walk.  Dan even led a beautiful communion service at our dining table.

Having taken 2 muscle relaxants last night, Dan slept well…which meant I could sleep too.  We have had long talks about our futures when we come to the fork in the road and have to part.   We share brief moments expressing how much we love each other. thanking each other for choosing to walk together with the Lord (only by the grace of God).  These are moments I will always treasure.  We’ve had plenty of challenging times in our relationship, with our families, in our work, in some of the congregations we’ve worked with, you name it!  But God always helps us grow as a result.  Some things didn’t work out like we had prayed for, but sometimes God’s answer is, “No.”  And, remember, God always gives each person the freedom to choose what they do.  Sometimes their answer is, “No.”  

How much longer can Dan’s heart manage the pressure of the ever increasing fluid in his torso, legs and feet?  We bought him some clothes to fit his expanding torso, but they are almost too tight now.  The Cellulitis is still a concern, but is not spreading.  The rash caused by Ativan is still there.  Robitussin is helping his cough loosen up.  My bed is right beside his bed so I can hear every breath, feel the bed shake if his breathing gets rough, or if his coughing gets out of control.  Even that time is sweet because when I open my eyes, I see his handsome face.  One day soon, when he opens his eyes, he will see the Face he has been living to see.  —  Anne and Dan

Dr. Jim and Dr. Lyn came the day after university semester ended.

Dr. Jim and Dr. Lyn came the day after university semester ended.

 

Nurse Amber and Natasha gently scratch his ever itching back.

Nurse Amber and Natasha gently scratch his ever itching back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel came all the way from Ghana to see Dan one more time.

Samuel came all the way from Ghana to see Dan one more time.

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  • 1. Fern Doyle  |  May 25, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I just read your blog from yesterday. It sounds like it was a good day in spite of the terrible suffering. It is good several are getting to visit with you all. It must be encouraging to see close friends and to know so many are lifting you up in their prayers. Both of you continue to be in my prayers and thoughts.

    Your lives have touched and helped so many people from one end of the earth to the other. I am sure there will be many stars in your crowns.

    Thanks for your daily blogs.
    with love,
    Fern

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  • 2. Karen Matlock  |  May 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are ever with you. You both were such an influence on us during the early years of our marriage and we still learn from you now! May God bless and protect you, strengthen you even as He receives you, and be with sweet Anne as she walks boldly on.

    This is still the day the Lord has made. Rejoice. Be glad.

    Love always,
    Karen and David

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  • 3. Vicki  |  May 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    This verse has blessed me so much and I wanted to pass it on to you today. My heart is heavy for you and your family but at the same time full of joy for what comfort we share as followers of our Saviour Jesus. Thank you for opening your heart and life and this special time to share it with us. I join you in giving thanks to the Father for the faith He has given you and the glory that is all His!

    “For because of your faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. And we can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know they are good for us–they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that heppens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”
    Romans 5:2-5 LB

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  • 4. Max Hughes  |  May 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    In your blog today you said, “We share brief moments expressing how much we love each other. thanking each other for choosing to walk together with the Lord (only by the grace of God). These are moments I will always treasure.” I also treasure memories of your love for each other while students together at ACU – the looks of devotion toward each other — holding hands all the time, even while eating in the “bean” — getting to be part of your wedding — witnessing your devotion to the Lord and your total acceptance of others — the beautiful big smiles constantly on each of your faces. I thank you for your good influence on my life both due to direct contact in the past and through your blog each day. You are in my prayers.

    Phil. 1:3-6 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ . . .”

    Charlotte and I both send our love.

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  • 5. Marilyn Holland  |  May 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Our dear sweet friends in the Lord – God is waiting to receive Dan Boyd into His arms to say ‘Well done, thy good and faithful servant – enter into My Presence’ now and forever more!! Eternity is very near and Dan will hear the angels – 10,000 times 10,000 sing before the throne of God!! What beautiful music he will hear that we know not now. Comfort, comfort, peace, mercy and love surrounding him forever.

    With all our love from Rwanda!!

    Ron and Marilyn

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