Friday, July 18, 2008

One word...

The call from the doctor came yesterday afternoon at 1:18. And with it one word: adenocarcinoma. As pancreatic cancers go, it is the worst of the lot. Not that any of them are good. He told me that my Sweet Hubby has been on his prayer list. Which made me cry. I don't know that I've ever had a doctor tell me that he's praying for a loved one of mine. He and I discussed oncologists. I told him we wanted excellence...he rattled off a list of names. I codified it by saying we would also hope for a Christian physician...again, one name was repeated. There was a moment of silence, he told me he was going to pray, and then make a phone call. We have an oncology appointment on Wednesday at 10:00. Please keep my Sweet Hubby in your prayers as he begins this next phase. And if you would, please also say a prayer of thanksgiving for Dr. Jan Janson - we are so grateful for him and to God for him.

As I was coming to a close in my scripture reading this morning, there it was - my little "hug" from the Lord for today!
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Romans 5:3-5
I know that my Sweet Hubby has been blessed and filled with the Holy is evident! Praise God!

Today, I will remind myself to rejoice! I stand on the promise of Romans 8:28!!!!
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
I hope you all have a joyous day as well!


Unknown said...

G.......My prayers and my love are with you both now, more than ever. I know this is a journey that no one wants to take, but knowing Our Lord, as you both do, I know the walk will be made easier. Our bodies may betray us, but God is always there with us through our trials. I know that Jesus also cries for this diagnosis.

The next two days readings from the perpetual calendar you gave to me reads like this:

"Pray that your husband will be able to press in to God until he knows that nothing can separate him from His love - not what he is going through now and not what will happen in the future'

Lord, I pray my husband will look to You to be his "refuge until these calamities have passed by" (Psalm 57:1). May he learn to wait on You because "those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint". (Isaiah 40:31).

Love, J

Gigi said...

J - Steve and I know you both are standing with us in prayer. You are our dearest friends...our "family"...there is nothing more to say.

I know you are sharing your calendar pages with T each day. I hope that the words (that are more than just "words!!") are bringing him some measure of comfort. He is Steve's best friend and I know for a fact that Steve does not want him to lose his JOY!!! We love you both.

Marlene said...

Our prayers are with you, Steve, Matthew and your entire family. Our God is an Awesome God and he will stand with you and Steve through this time in your lives. McKenna came home from vacation bible school today and has 3 special prayer buddies that she wants to give to Mr. Steve. With our love and prayers...M

Gigi said...

Thanks're the best - we look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday! Glad that Miss McKenna is enjoying VBS again this year! And I know Steve won't turn down any special prayer buddies, for sure! Love you!