Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Something To Look Forward To

In about 24 hours from now, I will be under the knife. At last, the cancerous mass in my leg will be removed. Lord willing, that will account for all the cancer in my body. But chemotherapy will continue as a precaution. And depending on the pathology report, several weeks of radiation may be added as well. In any case, tomorrow's procedure is the focal point on my treatment.

It is a comfort to know that I am in the hands of my loving Heavenly Father, the One who created me, redeemed me after I turned away from Him, and sustains me through all of life's difficulties.

It is a comfort to know that the man who will be doing the surgery has an excellent reputation for doing this type of limb-sparing surgery.

And it is a comfort to know that so many people are praying for me and for my family.

As I write, my older son is upstairs recovering from surgery this morning to remove his wisdom teeth. Another friend is preparing to undergo surgery for prostrate cancer sometime today. And another friend is preparing for a medical procedure on Thursday. Many are in need of prayer. And what a privilege we have to lift them up before the throne of God!

This morning I read Psalm 63. Verses 3 and 4 caught my attention.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

Before I take a short break (Lord willing, only a few days) from blogging, I also wanted to share a verse from Zephaniah.

In the second chapter of Zephaniah, the prophet calls the people to repentance. He calls them to obey the LORD’s commands. To seek the LORD, seek righteousness, and seek humility (Zephaniah 2:3). In the third chapter, he describes the future that awaits those who obey these commands. While these promises are written to the faithful of Israel, there implications for us, who, by faith in Christ, have become part of the seed of Abraham and heirs of the promise that God made to Abraham. There will be no more fear. No condemnation.

And in verse 17, the prophet writes:

The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that something to look forward to?


maru said...

You and your family will be very much in my prayers.

Your beautiful testomonies of your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ are a blessing to me.

God Bless,

Herbert Covenant Marriage Seminars said...

Pardon me for missing the point, but since I’ve just attended a few covenant marriage seminars, I’m inclined to think more positively. My answer is neither yes nor no, but whichever is the most peaceful method.