I first want to say a big thanks for all your prayers and your notes of encouragement. I received almost 3000 messages and I read every one. It blesses me to know so many people around the world are praying. I still hurt and think about her every moment of the day, but your prayers have definitely provided a source of comfort. Margaret has not been on email since she found out about the cancer but I have told her about all the prayers and she was deeply blessed. I will show her the messages if I am able to visit.
If you are new to this blog, the message about my Baby Sister is located in a November post and titled Pray for My Baby Sister.
Many of you know exactly how I feel about my sister having cancer. Many of you have faced the pain of having someone you love die, many are facing the fear and pain of a serious illness right now, and many have shared great testimonies of healing and the love of God. In sharing our pain, as well as sharing our hope, we follow the instruction of God’s Word to encourage one another.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
It’s so easy to become angry, even angry at God, when something like this happens. But your notes have been a wonderful reminder to trust even when you can’t understand. Please look for ways to encourage others. Your effort really does help. Refuse to be divisive on matters which are really of little or no importance. We are called to be a group of “one-anothers” in this journey of faith – but maybe that’s a message for another time.
My sister has had two brain surgeries in the last few weeks. The report is that they have been able to remove 98% of the cancer. She is able to walk around with only minor difficulty; but she has some persistent double vision from the surgeries. She will begin radiation treatment along with chemo-therapy within the next week.
Please continue to pray as you are led, and as you continue to pray for the many other needs within the body of Christ. The long term prognosis for my sister is still very bad. There is no cure for this type of cancer and the doctors only talk about how they might be able to give her a little extra time. Last week Margaret said; “Whether I have two days, two months, two years, or twenty years I know it will be all right.” No matter how much time any of us have, our time is still short – but that is also a message for another time. Margaret’s faith is strong and her main concern is for her family, especially her three young children.
I will pass on additional information as the situation unfolds, but this is the current update on my baby sister.
Have a Christ Centered Day!