Monday, March 16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I have always loved Paul's letters. The ones to the church in Corinth have always spoken to me especially, as I frequently find myself turning to them. My husband has been battling stage 4 cancer for the last three years. While we and many others pray every day for his healing, I'd like to share some of the many astonishing Blessings we have received on this journey.
These Blessings come from so many directions. Every time Rick's weekly blood work has no new flags, every scan that comes back without new growth, every cancer marker report that comes back lower; all these things are huge Blessings. Yet, there are so many others, the greatest of which is time.
My husband worked 60-70 hours a week from March to November for many years. When this diagnosis forced his retirement, we rediscovered each other in whole new ways. He has rediscovered his love of nature, photography, gardening, and me! There are too many Blessings to count.
We are fortunate enough to live near our youngest grandchild, Michael, who at 2 1/2 years old, is Pop's best friend. One of God's greatest Blessings is watching the two of them together, seeing the joy and love between them and the patience with which Rick spends time with him. Whether it is playing Hide and Seek in the trees in the backyard, or helping him ride his truck, or feeding the birds and squirrels, or cuddled in the chair reading; time with Michael heals my husband far more than any medicine.
From the superior doctors who saved Rick's life and all of his parts, to the wonderful caregivers we've met throughout his treatment, to the many who continue to support and pray with and for us, God has put many angels in our path.
As we prepare to celebrate God's greatest gift of all, everlasting life, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us know that prayers are answered every day in many ways. If we keep our focus on the unseen, invite the Holy Spirit in every day so that we may focus on our many Blessings, not our temporary trials.
Dear Lord, thank you for the amazing Blessings revealed in so many ways. Help me to hold your right hand through each and every day so that I may see them all and rejoice in your Love. In Jesus Christ's name we pray. Amen