Friday, January 11, 2008

I've not written about my mother's cancer because I know
that it will bring pain to some who read here.

Mom has begun chemotherapy again. Her cancer has returned
with a vengeance. When asked how she is doing, I respond,
"Emotionally she is doing very well; physically, only God
knows how she fares." We just haven't much information at
this point.

Her confidence in Christ and her future with Him is very
strong. If He brings healing, she will enjoy it; if He
brings her to Himself, she is ready.

On Wednesday afternoon, several elders from her church along
with her pastor, John Harwell, and Kent and one elder from
our church went to her home. She and Dad had asked them to
come in accordance with what James teaches us to do when we
are sick.

James 5:14
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the
church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord.

They had a very precious time together.

This is no magic formula. It is a call to obedience. When we
follow the words of Scripture we are in God's will. When we
are in His will we can rest deeply in Him. It is not hype,
it is not emotionalism, it is a step of faith in the power
of Christ to save and to keep that which is given to Him.
Mom is His; she is in His hands. We will leave her there.

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