Monday, June 29, 2009

Home Again

It is good to be home from the hospital, my fifth hospitalization since January 25 when we got the diagnosis. I did come home this time with a probable staph infection in my right forearm. The danger here is that my ports might become infected. Please pray this will not transpire, that God would protect both ports. We visit the cancer center tomorrow for a possible bag of IV Vancomycin although I am on daily doses of oral Keflex. It seems to be doing the trick, but the arm is somewhat red and inflamed even now. Pray I may be deemed healthy enough to resume chemotherapy tomorrow. It has been two weeks since the last infusion, and we don't want the cancer to gain the upper hand. We know that a sovereign God is able to work His will either with means, without means or even against means, so may His great power be made manifest in this situation for His great glory!

I'm learning that God is faithful to suffering saints even in the deepest pits of sorrow and suffering. How true He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18; 147:3). These things I once knew only intellectually, but now by experience. This is why our sufferings are not to be shunned, but welcomed as friends. After all, they help loosen our grip on this physical world and fit us for our eternal inheritance (I Peter 5:10). I close this post with this great benediction from Jude 24-25 "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen.


Victoria said...

I love your writing, Bryan, it is just like food and keeps me going all week. You are a sustanence to the spiritually hungry.

Nanci Smith said...

That's the shortest and best "sermon" I have ever heard. :)

Mrs. Theresa Frees said...

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

We serve the One True LIVING God

Who... is able to keep us from falling, and present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,(me faultless??)

WOW-Jesus you overwhelm me

(thank you for pointing the way again Pastor)