On Monday morning Chris completed the last radiation treatment in the series (25)! We ended up celebrating with staff members who expressed their love and best wishes to Chris on this milestone. After the hugs and kisses, she was given a “diploma” of completion and then rang a special bell in the lobby. Another precious cancer patient, whom we have befriended, then presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Wow! We were so blessed by this outpouring of love in the Cancer ward—a world of its own, for sure!
After a brief healing time, Chris is to have 3 invasive (internal) treatments as a “finale.” The Doc explains it as a further precaution for any “return of the cancer.” But you and I know that there’s nothing fool-proof, and that sustaining “life” is a challenge to the end. Praise God, for hope in Christ that anchors the soul, despite our body’s condition! The physical is temporary, at best, while the “inward man” is being renewed day by day.” We have witnessed the utter humanness and frailty of those in the “white coats,” but are certainly thankful for their “ministry.” We are also conscious, however, of another Physician, whose unseen presence and loving touch have been very evident. PTL!
Thank you so much for your ministry to us in so many ways. We have been confronted once again with the reality and power of concentrated prayer. All of you have your own burdens, and its humbling to realize how selfless many of you have been to reach out to us! Chris and I are challenged on several fronts, and your “fervent prayer” in our behalf has been effective indeed.
May our God be pleased to encourage and strengthen each of you as you face the challenges of daily life. As Paul put it, in light of resurrection hope, “…be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1Cor. 15:58)!
We love you dearly and deeply appreciate your friendship and prayerful concern.
Bill & Chris