April 9, 2015
What a difference a few days can make!
IV Fluids (Tuesday and today)–lots of prayers–and KK is feeling tons better.
She decided to stretch out the birthday celebration over three days; a couple of special meals with Josh and a birthday cake or two.
We’ve read all of your notes of encouragment and birthday wishes.
Please know how much we treasure your friendships and know that God is answering your prayers.
April 7, 2015
Thanks for your prayers and encouragement over the weekend. It is been a hard few days for KK.
Experiencing the cumulative effect of chemotherapy, she went to bed Friday about noon and hasn’t done much since.
She has an amazing attitude – thanking God that she did not feel like this after the first treatment and praying this will only last a few days.
Our son Josh arrived about midnight last night and I know his presence will encourage her.
She is scheduled for IV fluids today—usually that gives her strength.
You have asked for specific prayer requests, so here goes:
- Pray the fluids will help.
- Pray for her to gain strength
- Pray for us to know how to celebrate her birthday—it is today but she agreed to pretend it is Thursday. :-)
April 3, 2015
We were so blessed by your response to yesterday’s prayer requests. I read the messages to KK (and the “likes” on FB) and we are encouraged that so many friends are on our Prayer Team. Yesterday’s time at the Cancer Center was filled with conversations about the grace of God. She came home exhausted.
Today she returns for a follow-up visit and an injection. She will spend the weekend resting and hopefully have enough strength to go to a Resurrection celebration. I will update you more next week. Thanks again for praying.
Passion Week Reflections
A few years ago our Pastoral Interns worked to summarize the events of Passion Week. This morning I reread the work and reflecting on these words:
Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Christ, which involved unimaginable physical pain but infinitely greater spiritual pain, at whose climax Christ cried “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)—so that believers do not have to. The cross, as Carson writes, is nothing less than “the fusion of divine, royal prerogative and Suffering Servant, the heart of the gospel, the inauguration of a new humanity, the supreme model for Christian ethics, the ratification of the new covenant, and the power of God.”
Finally, on Easter Sunday, arguably the climax of history, Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead, vanquishing the powers of sin and death. Believers happily concur with Job in his magnificent declaration: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25).
April 2, 2015
KK will begin her last round of Chemo today. We have so blessed by our prayer partners–the words of encouragement and the obvious prayer support.
Today’s prayer requests are:
- opportunities to share Christ with others at the Cancer Center
- peace in the process (it usually takes 6+ hours)
- effectiveness of anti-nausea meds (the week after has been a challenge but the meds have worked)
- strength to attend a weekend Resurrection Day celebration
We are so dependent on the grace of God and aware of your partnership as a part of our Prayer Team. Thanks for joining us in the next phase of this journey.
He is alive! He alive indeed!
March 12, 2015
KK did fine today at the Cancer Center. The treatment room was completely full and she encouraged the ladies around her, sharing the joy of Christ.
She is exhausted and resting. Thanks for your prayers during the next few days. She is scheduled for IV fluids three times next week.
March 12, 2015
Today is the day for KK to receive Round 3 of chemotherapy.
We are grateful for our Prayer Team and want to ask for your prayers over the next few days. We expect things to go well today and that KK will continue to have opportunities to share the love of Christ. Typically the hardest time will be the first few days after treatment.
I will keep you updated. Thanks for your encouragement and prayers.
February 28, 2015
Friendship is an amazing thing. Our long-time friend (Lydia) has been here for 10 days–serving KK during Round Two of chemotherapy. She flew home to San Antonio today.
When we first met Mark & Lydia (over 30 years ago) Lydia was a young bride battling leukemia. As Lydia suffered through treatments and emerged victorious, I watched God knit KK and Lydia’s hearts together.
Reflecting on the last 10 days, looking for the right words to describe the time, I came across Paul’s description of time with friends. At the end of the book of Romans Paul said he was looking forward the time when he would be “refreshed in your company.” (Rom. 15:32)
That’s the best way to say it: KK has been refreshed by the company of a friend.
A couple of verses earlier (Rom. 15:30) Paul talked about friends laboring together in prayer. A big thanks to all of you co-laborers who continue encouraging us through your friendship and prayers.