Considering about 31% of the US population have some type of cancer, the chances of knowing someone afflicted by the disease is pretty high.
However, we never think it’s going to hit close to home until it actually does.
Last year my father-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Even knowing the percentages, it left us shocked and scared.
He is a fighter though, and even with some set backs here and there, had been doing a great job of it.
This week our world has been turned upside down.
The cancer has spread to my father-in-law’s brain. He is experiencing great pain and has experienced loss of muscle control.
His team of doctors have a plan and are implementing it now. He has several days of radiation treatment ahead of him in which they are hoping to ease his pain and help with the swelling in his brain.
Three thousand miles away, we stand firm in our faith.
We pray each day that God eases his pain.
We pray each day for God to deliver him through this fire of his life.
We pray each day for a miracle.
Ultimately, we don’t know God’s plan, but we do know this:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Roman 8:28
We hold fast to this promise and know that whether God delivers my father-in-law through or into the fire, he will not be alone.
So, we remain strong. We remain vigilant. We remain optimistic.
We remain faithful.