Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Patience Update on Riley

Posted 6 hours ago

It will be 5 years since Riley began her journey with cancer in May. We have been “active” on this journey much more than we had ever anticipated. As we faced 6 months of initial treatment, we looked forward to the five year mark in Nov 2011 when we could be “done with cancer” and consider Riley cured. Evan then we didn’t know how we would hold it together to have tests done so often! How could we be patient for 5 years-waiting? How little did we know what the 5 years would have in store for us.

We still can see the 5 year “finish line” ahead. We still see her cure as a reality.

Scans are Wednesday. We pray His grace and mercy are heaped upon us. The day is here and weighing heavy on our hearts. Riley is showing no signs of worry or concern. We try to follow her example.

We have been reflecting on the confusion and fear the disciples must have felt after Jesus death. They didn’t understand what he had told them nor how it would come to be. Some may have feared they misunderstood His teachings, signs, miracles as He died on Calvary. Likely they all feared for their own survival. I am sure sorrow filled the air. They must have had difficulty believing that His Kingdom would reign forever as His body laid in the tomb-yet some must have held on to a belief in His promise, not sure how it would come to unfold for the good He had told.

Our hearts too have been restless. Dreams disturbed by visions of illness. The devil whispering in our ears “Are you sure?”

Yet we remind ourselves that we are sure. It is written - He died for our sins and by His stripes we are healed. The words “It is written” were Christ’s tool to battle the devil’s temptation in the desert. We too must learn to fight him in the same way. Thankfully so much was written.

We hold on to so many passages to bring us peace the next couple of days until we hear the glorious results! It is written in John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me.” and

It is written in Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

So today we ask God for Riley’s cure and we believe in Him and His promises. Please pray with us for Riley to have clear scans on Wednesday. Also a special prayer request tonight for Kelly’s dad. He took a sudden turn of health the day of Riley’s last surgery and has been unable to care for himself since. Sadly, he fell yesterday and today he could not move his legs or control his bowel or bladder. MRI has shown fracture of his thoracic vertebra and hemorrhage along his spinal cord. He has to have surgery Wednesday in hopes to repair the damage and allow him a chance to recover. Please pray for his peace and comfort and for God’s protection over him.

Waiting patiently knowing the result will be good, Kirk and Kelly