As I sit here in Phil’s hospital room overlooking the beautiful skyline of Seattle I can’t help but think how just a few months ago this was a foreign place to us but is now home.
When we first came up here we were so excited about exploring this beautiful area and trying incredible food from different cultures (for all of you that know Phil know the food was what he was excited about) little did we know what was lurking in the shadows. A journey this has been and continues to be as each day unfolds a new challenge lies before us always with Gods hand right along side. Many might question why God would have moved us here away from family and friends but I know why. Because He is always working to make us grow, I have always been one that keeps people an arms length afraid to open my heart never allowing myself to admit I need anything from anyone. Heaven forbid I need to ask for help – it’s hard enough to ask a friend but ask something from someone I hardly know! Nothing like throwing me into the deep waters of need, fortunately God in His merciful way put us at the perfect place to throw me in. We are surrounded by a body that overwhelms us with compassion and support making it easier to ask for help and begin tearing down all those walls I’ve so carefully built over the years. God also brought us to the best hospital and Christian Dr. for Phil’s type of cancer, a job that continues to support us despite Phil’s condition and we have great insurance to boot.
If you would have asked us if we’d experienced God’s grace we would have said ”Yes” but to new depths of His Grace which we did not know engulf us daily. In the Bible the people that would go to hear Jesus preach or ask for healing were the Lepers, Epileptics, demon-possessed, the down trodden some would say the castaways. I would say the ones that knew they needed more, desperate for something that only He was/is able to give.
Scripture also says God gives to the humble – If this is true then whatever happens in our lives to humble us is a good thing, because it paves the road over which the grace of God comes to us and come it has!
We find ourselves at a new and scary place with Phil’s cancer. He’s too weak to have anymore chemo treatments and his body continues breaking down. Today he had surgery removing 6 liters of fluid and had a PeurX Catheter put in which will allow excess fluid buildup in his abdomen to be drained hoping this will help him be able to eat more and gain strength. So we come before our Lord with our petition for strength and healing of his body and to our friends asking you once again to pray with us for the same. We feel abundantly blessed and deeply humbled by the prayers and love that sustain us each day.