I tried to imagine, these last couple of days, what this roller coaster ride would be like if we did not have Jesus right beside us. For me, it would go beyond the terrifying aspects of the Do-Dodonpa in Japan. I am not sure how people could handle any of this without Jesus. I know for a fact that we could not. I had an opportunity to sing in our church this morning. The message in the song echos my testimony and is the reason why it has been possible to endure this ride. It is not at all about me, but it is all about Jesus. The song is entitled "Jesus" by Chris Tomlin. It has such a powerful message and it is my answer to those who might ask, "How are you able to do this?" Here are some of the lyrics:
There is a name I call in times of trouble There is a song that comforts in the night There is a voice that calms the storm that rages He is Jesus, Jesus Who walks on the waters Who speaks to the sea Who stands in the fire beside me He roars like a lion, He bled as the lamb He carries my (John's) healing in his hands Jesus Messiah, my Savior, there is power in your name You're my Rock and my Redeemer There is power in your name... There is no one like you Jesus. There is no one like you.
There is no one like my Jesus. My prayer is that He is your Jesus, too.
This same Jesus has been busy answering the prayers of many. John is no longer considered a cardiac patient because he has "passed" the required stress tests. Those entering his room no longer need to don the sauna- producing gowns because he is no longer neutropenic. When we came into the hospital last Sunday, and for most of this week, his white blood count was 250. When it is at 500, there is a concern because the patient is at greater risk of infection. So at 250, the concern was even greater. He had received injections to stimulate growth of the white blood cells. His count is up to 10,000! There is also a risk if the numbers are too high, so he is no longer getting the injections. He is eating a little better and able to stay awake longer and he is starting to give the nurses are hard time, He is still on IV antibiotics and pain meds. They are starting to wean him off the pain meds and I am praying that the pain will not return. I still seem to have more questions than answers, but I am hoping to be able to meet with his oncologist tomorrow and get some clarity from him. I learned that those working the weekend shifts do not know any of the answers or, at least, they are not telling.
Your prayers have meant more to us than you will ever know. Your love has touched our lives in profound ways. We pray that Jesus will pour out his blessings on you as you have blessed us. We are still on the ride and we still covet your prayers.