Click Here for "Conversations With God" In looking back over the past four years, I realized that this has been a recurring theme throughout my blog writing. Click Here for "A Prayer for Our Son" from October, 2012. There are several more such postings, but I won't list them all for you here. I think you get the message.
We are praying for the healing of our son, even though the doctors have now given up hope for any further treatment plan that could be of any help to him. They have actually said the words out loud that, at best, he only has three or four more months to live.* Even though we've known in our minds that things were not looking very hopeful, hearing it spoken out loud has a way of slapping you in the face and punching you right in the gut, knocking all the wind out of your spirit.
(*A few days after this writing the Doctor changed that to prognosis to weeks instead of months...)
Many of our friends and loved ones have offered prayers and words of comfort and encouragement, for which we are extremely grateful. Knowing that others are standing in the gap for us is a great comfort. Many have also thoughtfully and lovingly offered suggestions of getting a second opinion, trying a different cancer treatment center, seeking other forms of healing through eating certain foods, vitamins, reading books written by people who claim to know the secret to healing cancer that is found in the Bible. (If there was a cure for cancer in the Bible, I don't think God would keep it a secret, nor would He make us pay some man who thinks he discovered it to tell us about it...but that's just my opinion).
Although we appreciate everyone's concern and thoughts and attempts to find an answer, I have to say that it would appear that most of man's attempts to cure our son have already been tried and have failed. For four years our son has sought wisdom from the very best experts in the field of treatment for this particular type of rare and aggressive cancer. He has followed through with every option that seemed reasonable for him. We are extremely thankful that what treatment he has received has allowed him to survive these four years so that he could be a loving son, husband and father, and enjoy watching his son grow and mature into his teenage years. Many others with this same type of cancer have not had lasting positive results even though they desperately sought further treatments, surgeries, and other opinions. (Click here for info on DSRCT)
We are not giving up hope. But we are at a point where we realize that man's wisdom and authority is very limited indeed. Although it has always been up to God to determine the course of our son's life, it is even more so now. Man has had his opportunity and has had to withdraw from the fight. It is completely and clearly up to God now.
This reminds me of some verses we read this morning in our devotions from Psalm 33:16-22 ~
|Please keep praying for this precious family.|
"And when you don't understand,
When you don't see His plan,
When you can't trace His hand,
TRUST HIS HEART."