God is good even when things don't look good. Jorge experienced severe abdominal pain on Christmas Eve and went to the ER at Ft Carson Christmas morning. After a CT scan of the abdomen, it was determined he had a small bowel obstruction. On Tuesday, he was transferred to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver for more specialized testing and care. After a clean colonoscopy on Wednesday, an exploratory laproscopic surgery was preformed on Thursday. That procedure found Stage IV Appendecial Adenocarcinoma throughout his abdominal cavity. In layman's terms, it means the web-like cancer in his belly has spread beyond his appendix. The prognosis is poor with only a 5% survival rate at the 5-year mark, but Jorge is a strong man (he ran 10 miles and did a cross-fit circuit a few days before Christmas) so he just might be in that 5%.
This hard providence will change our lives from this day forward, but one thing will not change: God's love endures forever and we will keep clinging to His promises.
" It is often worthwhile being afflicted, in order to experience the great loving kindness of God which He bestows so abundantly on us in the hour of trouble and perplexity. Yes, God turns our fasts into feasts--and we are glad in the midst of our sorrow!" Charles Spurgeon