Sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Things have been pretty crazy with Anna’s situation, school ending and Moriah “graduating” from 5th grade! Please join in praying for Anna tomorrow (Friday) as she has a follow up MRI at 7:00am followed by an appointment with her oncologist to get the results of the scan. Pray for rest tonight for Anna and a continued “peace that passes understanding.”
As you may know, Anna and I believe in a holistic approach to life, and that includes how we pursue health. We believe that these amazing bodies the Lord has given us are designed to heal. During Anna’s cancer staging six weeks ago we learned that that Anna’s tumor did not appear to be fast growing (but this will be confirmed with more certainty in this second scan). With this in mind, we took a deep breath and prayerfully researched and explored many possible options of treatment, and together decided to initially take a less invasive approach than immediately beginning chemotherapy and radiation. Three weeks ago Anna spent a week at a clinic that specializes in neurological care. She saw great improvements over the course of the week from her initial testing when she arrived, to her final testing at the end of the week. Anna returned home and continued with protocols that she could do at home, with weekly return visits to the clinic. In the meantime, we have continued to pray and believe that God is doing a great work healing her body.
As Anna talked with a friend yesterday about this journey, her friend said it reminded her of the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” 17 A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel. 18 Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
19 Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. 20 When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”
As Anna reflected on this story she can empathize with Daniel. It has felt like she, along with our family, has been thrown into the lion’s den with a hope that God will rescue Anna. We believe that God is, in fact, rescuing her and trust that Anna will have a similar response to Daniel when it is all said and done. Thank you for remaining with us and continuing to believe on Anna’s behalf.