It’s been a difficult week here at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. Kaylee’s chemotherapy treatment was delayed because she had some internal bleeding which was causing severe pain. However, after a short procedure to stop the bleeding, a noisy night in the Intensive Care Unit, and many long hours of monitoring her blood counts to determine if the bleeding had stopped or if more surgery would be required, Kaylee finally began chemotherapy on Thursday evening. She received treatment each day and will receive the final treatment for this round on Monday morning (in a few hours) for a total of five treatments. This process will be repeated every three weeks for four rounds, hopefully ending the first part of May.
I believe we will be able to go back home in between rounds of treatment but some of the details are yet to be determined. We appreciate all of your encouragement and prayers. Please pray for strength, continued good health for the entire family, and for Kaylee to experience minimal side effects. Kaylee has had nausea throughout the treatment and has not eaten much all week but her attitude remains positive, and when she smiles I’m sure the whole room lights up. I held her tonight and we both quietly cried; I don’t think I’ve ever loved her more. Twelve years old is way too young to have to face cancer. But, unfortunately, many cancer patients are even younger.
We have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House, about a fifteen minute walk from the hospital. This house has been a wonderful blessing with room for fifty families, all of whom are receiving some kind of treatment for their children at the hospital. Many, perhaps most, of the children are cancer patients. The picture with this message shows one of our older daughters with several of the young children at the House. Our daughter has developed an effective ministry of playing with the children in the evening and giving parents a much needed rest. I don’t know the stories of all the children in the picture but I know that three of the children have some form of brain cancer, have recently had surgery, and are in the process of various forms of treatment.
One child I feel obligated to write about is the little three year old girl with the heart on her shirt. She has a rare form of brain cancer and has grown particularly fond of our daughter. I feel obligated because of a conversation I had with the girl’s mother. The mother told me how devastated she was in finding out about her daughter’s cancer. I can certainly relate! Next she told me how one of her relatives, upon being told about the cancer, responded that the child had cancer because she, as a mother, did not have enough faith. I am so saddened, frustrated, and discouraged that there are those who would say such a thing, and say it in the name of Christ!
I’m not sure how to write this gently, especially because I know there are those who receive these messages who hold to such a belief. However, I need to say clearly, and without even a hint of trepidation, that there is a special place in hell reserved for this kind of teaching. It does not properly represent true Christianity and ought to be rejected at every turn!
I apologized to this mother on behalf of the Christian faith; and I am so sorry if there are others who have been similarly hurt. There is no truth in this kind of response, no hint of love, and certainly no ability to give comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
As I stated in the message “His Purpose in Pain”, God is there to walk with us through our trials; to love us and provide comfort. And we, in a very real way, have been charged with this same task as we represent Christ to others. Sometimes theological positions are formed simply by studying the Bible, other times we need to study church history. But, for me, this particular truth became unshakably firm as I took what was written in God’s Word and then looked deeply into the faces of cancer.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Feb 25 Leviticus 16:29-18:30; Mark 7:24-8:9; Psalm 41:1-13; Proverbs 10:15-16
238.34 miles in 2013 : Goal 1509 miles