We just returned home from a trip to visit our son and his family in Maine. We live in Florida, so it was a long trip...even though we flew...thankfully! Flying certainly has its "ups and downs"...and I am so grateful that this trip got us UP and DOWN again safely and pleasantly. Praise God!
|Our Grandson Noah-a new teen-ager!|
|Noah and his Dad and Mom|
I am certain that Noah has a bright future ahead...and I believe that God has His hand upon him. However, there are some uncertainties looming in the foreground...you see, Noah's Daddy, our son Matthew, has cancer: Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor. It is a rare and agressive form of cancer, which usually strikes children. Matthew is 39 years old, and is in the third year of this battle for his life. He is currently undergoing his second round of chemotherapy, after a break from it for about a year. There are no guarantees of a cure...this cancer is still too new, too rare, too unheard of to get much attention for the researchers. I believe this picture tells how we all feel about it:
|Noah and his Daddy, Our Son Matthew, who has cancer|
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we may boldly say: 'The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'"We may say, "The LORD is my helper, I will not fear. What can CANCER do to me?" Yes, it can rob us of many things...our very existence on this earth...but it can't take away the joy of knowing that God is at work in and through us, even in these difficult times. He has a plan...He may choose to bring healing and take this curse away. He may not choose to bring physical healing in this life, but He WILL take the curse away...He already has.
"So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory!" O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO GIVES US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!" I Corinthians 15:54-57
I think it is fitting that we spent one of our days together at this lighthouse, Nubble Light, in York Beach, Maine. The Lighthouse represents the "Rescuer" our Savior, Jesus Christ, standing along the shore, sending out His message of Love, Hope and Eternal Life with Him. We have this hope in our Savior. We do not need to fear the dread diseases and storms and dire predictions of this life. Our grandson, Noah, has a bright future, no matter what happens to his precious Daddy. Of course we want healing for our son. Of course we pray for a cure...a miracle...a future for him with his dear wife Nicole and son Noah. But no matter what happens...we have hope. We have peace. We have love. And we will all be home again, home again, jiggety jig...together forever someday. Praise God.