Thank you so much for your support and prayers this past year, and especially this summer. Anna completed 12 weeks of chemotherapy in mid-August. We recently had a CT scan to check on the progress of treatment and we are very encouraged with the results. According to the oncologist, the scan shows no sign of the original tumor. In addition, there was extensive lymph node activity in May. As of this latest scan all lymph nodes appear normal with no invasion. There is still a small amount suspect cancerous activity in the liver so the doctor has prescribed an additional 6 chemotherapy treatment in hopes of getting the cancer to full remission. We are taking a deep breath around here and are very grateful for how well Anna’s body is responding to treatment. Thank you for continuing to hold our family through this season of life.
In May a friend was reading Psalm 18 and pictured Anna, the kids and me standing in a wide-open field being held by God and God’s people.
But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
God made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
he gave me a fresh start.
Now I’m alert to God’s ways;
I don’t take God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works;
I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
and I’m watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. (Psalm 18:16-24)
Anna and I have returned to Psalm 18 many time the past 5 months and we feel like this experience of being held by God and God’s people has come to fruition over and over as we have “placed all the pieces before him.” Thank you for being among those who have held us through this season of life. We are so grateful for you!