Delayed Intensification, Part 2 — Day 14
Last August when we heard that we would be here for 25 weeks, our minds couldn’t quite comprehend it all. Will Jack be okay? What about our other boys? What about our normal? But here we are, 24 weeks in. Through this time, God has constantly reminded us of contentment, joy, and peace. He has given us a hope not of this world, but of one higher and more absolute. He has satisfied us and carried us through it all. He has shown us that even at its strongest, cancer has been made weak in defeat through Jesus. Now, we find ourselves on the other side of Jack’s most intensive treatment. We’re overwhelmed with a thankfulness that can barely be put into words.
Our family has spent 24 weeks with the people of Children’s Hospital who have made us a priority. They have embraced Jack, but also embraced Reese and Luke. They have helped us create memorable moments and experiences for our boys that we will never be able to repay them for. From Halloween carnival games to racing bikes in the hallways, from singing to Jack in the rocking chair to praying over him while he was in the ICU. Jack’s nurses, doctors, and team members exceeded any expectations that we could have ever set. They have truly been the hands and feet of God. As we step into this next chapter of Jack’s journey, we are saying a bittersweet farewell to this team who has undoubtably become a family to us. We could never thank them enough for what they have given our family.
While we mentally prepare for Jack to come home, we know there will be a tendency for fear to settle in. What if we miss something? What if he’s sick and we don’t know? What if he has another seizure? What if the cancer is back? All of these things could absolutely control our emotions, our actions, and our lives. But we believe firmly in what the Bible says. 2 Timothy 7 reminds us that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Through Jesus’ name, we have power over every fear and anxious thought. Through his name we can curse the anxiety and be delivered from the grip of fear. He also says that we have a power, through Christ, of self-control. We must learn to continue focusing our eyes on Christ and disciplining our minds to focus only on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable” (Philippians 4:8). God promises that if we do that, if we focus on praise-worthy things, “the God of peace will be with [us]” (Philippians 4:9).
Throughout this journey, we have learned so much about who God is and just how powerful He is. We hope that through this first part of Jack’s treatment, you’ve been able to see Him and His almighty power, too. We are blessed to be counted as Christs’ servants and we pray that you find the same joy through Him!
Jack will receive his last dose of in-patient chemo today around 12:00. Please join us in praying specifically for:
- the chemo to get rid of any remaining cancer cells that may be hiding
- healthy cells to grow and be the only ones present in his body
- the cancer to stay gone forever
- for Jack to be protected from chemo side effects now and in his future
- for us to keep our eyes focused on God and an eternal perspective regardless of the circumstances
- for the next phase of treatment to be successful
- that through every moment, God is glorified and people see Christ
- that we have the wisdom, strength, and confidence to give Jack what he needs each day.
Thank you all so much for standing alongside us throughout these last 7 months! Jack’s journey with cancer is not over and will continue with treatment for the next year and a half. After that, he will be monitored and closely tested until his 5th birthday. We pray for absolute healing over his life! We pray that his cancer will be cured and that he will continue to bring God glory throughout his days on earth! God knows the ultimate and the perfect plan for his life (and for all of ours). We trust that He will bring Jack through whatever will bring the most fruit, and we will praise Him for whatever that may look like. To God be all praise and all glory!