Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Brief Update

I don't have a lot to say tonight. At least not here. Clara has been out of the hospital for a day and a half now and is enjoying her freedom and some actual food (you know, the kind that doesn't enter your body through an IV). Tomorrow morning we begin two days of tests to see how her organs are holding up and to determine what progress has been made in fighting this cancer.

There is a lot going through our minds right now. So much gratitude for the prayers of many hundreds in Clara's behalf. It is shocking how many people we know whose lives are affected by cancer. We pray for you as well and thank the Lord for your prayers of faith.

In ancient times there were wars, famines, and natural disasters that helped to soften the hearts of the people and bring them closer to God. Natasha and I discussed today that cancer is the plague of these last days. It humbles us, it reminds us that God loves us, and gives focus to our thoughts, prayers, actions, and priorities.

I have said this before, but it bears repeating. I would never wish this awful disease on anyone, but we have learned from it. Hopefully we have learned lessons that will bless our eternal family, and that will strengthen us in times of trial, because we know that this is not the last, or possibly even not the most difficult trial we will face in this life. I hope we will emerge from this more thoughtful, more sensitive, more gentle, more patient, more kind, more understanding, more loving, and more faithful.


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Marilyn said...

Brian, you are a very gifted writer. Truly. Just wanted to pop in here and let you know that your family remains in our every prayer and in our thoughts daily.

One thing that I have really treasured is hearing our daughter Lily pray for Clara. She never forgets her and it always touches my heart, and if anyone does forget she reminds them :)

Anonymous said...

you inspire me and remind me of the purpose of why we are here, thank you for that. your little clara is so precious. sending prayers your way.

Anonymous said...

This has softened all of our hearts. There are so many people that have been touched by your family, its truly amazing! You and Natasha have been such inspiring examples to all of us, and have strengthened us so much. Thank you for sharing this with us all! We have all fallen in love with little Clara.

kathryn kelly johnston said...

sorry above comment was mine

Anonymous said...

You and I don't know each other...but I had to thank you so much for sharing your struggles, heartaches, triumphs and lessons. I am humbled to know of such people. I know that God lives and loves each of us. Daily there are opportunities to see his hand in our lives if we will but choose to pay attention. Bless you for paying attention and helping the rest of us to remember to do the same. Praying for all of you.