"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
As those who read my post yesterday know, my heart has been feeling very burdened. It was not my intention to cause alarm, but rather to be honest and also to offer an explanation for why I chose to delete the post that had published earlier in the day. I appreciate the outpouring of emails and calls I've received. We are grateful for your prayers, especially as there are still many uncertainties in our future. (But isn't that true for all of us?!)
You know the expression "when it rains, it pours?" Well, that's certainly been the case around here lately. Several people we care about have been dealing with major difficulties, and I think yesterday was a cumulative effect of that concern.
At the forefront of my heart and mind, though, was that all week, and especially yesterday, my family was anxiously waiting for an update regarding my father. To cut to the chase, the news was less grim than we'd anticipated, for which we give thanks. However, we knew as of Wednesday that his cancer indicator number was continuing to increase, signaling that a change in treatment was necessary, and I think we were all bracing for what that might entail.
My dad received his first radiation treatment yesterday, but at this point that will not become a regular part of his regimen. He felt no pain during the procedure, and in fact has already felt the positive effects of the treatment! He did learn the disappointing news that he cannot run for 6-8 weeks because recovering from radiation is much like recovering from surgery. However, he was given the green light to continue riding his hand cycle, and I've been informed by my mother that he's already been out for a long ride today! That is so him.
We rejoice that the news is more hopeful than anticipated, and we continue to lift up all those we love who are going through trials of their own.
"Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24