Last year, I received an email from my best friend and college roommate, Whitney that her seven year old son had brain cancer. They took him to the doctor thinking he might have low blood sugar, but instead it was cancer – her family’s world changed in a moment. Instead of Forester returning to first grade he would instead be admitted to the hospital for brain surgery to remove the tumor followed by months of radiation and chemo. Their faith and hope in the Lord is incredible here is a link to Forester’s story and how it all began. I would encourage you to go back through the archives and start from the beginning, and read their journey. What a testimony of God’s grace and mercy in the midst of a “fiery furnace.” Start HERE in January 2009, at the birth announcement of their new baby girl. The next post is the beginning of their journey. Praise the Lord!! Forester is now cancer free and has just returned to school.
Today, when I read Whitney’s most recent post about perspective HERE I could relate. In the midst of my dad’s cancer, my three year old daughter being diagnosed with diabetes, and us having three mortgages I remember those same feelings. I don’t ever want to lose sight of what my heart truly desires. It’s not for my house to be perfect, or laundry to be done, or even my grocery list ready. Those things are nice but in light of eternity and my family they mean nothing.
Layla Grace – February 12th
(her first bubble bath since May of last year)
God, I pray that you hold your precious daughter Layla in your arms tonight and comfort her as she sleeps. I pray that she rests peacefully and free from pain. I can’t imagine how much her parents are hurting it seems impossible to face, I pray that you would carry them. I pray that your presence would be so real and that your peace that passes all understanding would envelope their mind and hearts. Give them strength that is beyond their own, and hope for tomorrow.