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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