Dear Precious Praying Friends,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Radiation is through! Yippee!! Jesus is so amazing! My last day was Wednesday. When we drove down our street after the last treatment, there were pink balloons on the mailboxes, signs on our door, and a praise Jesus sign in the neighbor’s yard! Al and I felt like the children of Israel did in Psalm 126:3 when they returned to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon. “The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad.”
Thank you with all our hearts for standing with us for the past ten month triathlon, as Carolyn Johnson says, of surgery, chemo, and radiation. The funny thing about cancer is, when the treatment is over there are lingering side effects. Some will get better and some things will never be the same.
I was reflecting with Jesus on this as I awakened Thursday morning. He was so sweet and again gave me Isaiah 43 and 44.
But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”
(Isaiah 43:1-2 ESV)
Jesus has been with us in the fire this year. “We have not been burned.” I am very red but not scorched thanks to your loving prayers. We lived through all the treatments and I never thought I could. It is a miracle!
Thus says the LORD,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters ….
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
(Isaiah 43:16-19 ESV)
Jesus is doing a new thing, even though it’s not quite clear. Verse 16 says, “He is making a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters.” The reality is, no one can make a path in the sea – only Jesus!!
When you and I cannot see a path into the future and don’t know what He will permit or allow, we can remember as Psalm 77:10-14 says, we can remember and meditate on His goodness and talk about His faithfulness in the past and realize once again all the miracles of His sustaining love that He has worked on our behalf. Verse 14 sums it up. “You are the God who works wonders” (77:14).
After my mother, Elsie Kinlaw, went to be with the Lord Jesus, we found in her prayer journal this marvelous quote, “I don’t have to be afraid of tomorrow, because Jesus has already filled tomorrow with Himself.” What a glorious way to live – loving, trusting, and enjoying Him even with cancer and recovering from cancer!
I love you, precious friends. Thank you for standing together with us “back to back.”
“We don’t make our way, or find our way. We follow Him!” – Samuel Chadwick (Oh, happy thought!)