Alright! The last post talked about the swelling in Jane’s brain. The swelling is gone and she is now off the steroids, as of yesterday. Wednesday, September 9th, Jane had to go to the hospital to get a CT scan and bone scan. On Friday we got the results back.
Overall the results were good but not great. The results showed that the cancer in Jane’s back has progressed from T10 vertebrae to the T 7 vertebrae.
The rest of her body is clear!
To stop this progression the doctor has recommended that Jane start on a new chemo regiment on Monday. Jane will be taking Gemzar (Gemcitabine) on a weekly basis. The side effects are minimal, but we will be watching her carefully.
We have decided to hold off on the chemo treatment until after we get the results from the brain MRI that Jane got on Tuesday. The results of the MRI will tell us the outcome of the GAMA Knife surgery and will let us know of any other activity.
Faith and Perseverance
I often wonder why God doesn’t just heal Jane. You might be asking the same question. I don’t have an answer, but hopefully some encouragement. I have been wondering if the reason that God isn’t healing Jane is due to a lack of faith. Is it faith? Is it because I do not have enough faith? Does Jane have enough faith? Do you, who have been praying fatefully, have enough faith? What about people with the gift of healing, we’ve seen a number of them, do they have enough faith for Jane? All it requires is faith the size of a mustard seed.
The Bible teaches faith as one way people are healed. In Matthew 8 the Roman officer came and pleaded with Jesus for the healing of a servant. When Jesus said, “I’ll come,” the Roman officer refused and said “I am not worthy to have you come into my home just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” Jesus replied, ” I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all of Israel!” And in Matthew 9 the woman that was suffering from bleeding for 12 years touch Jesus and she was healed instantly. Jesus responded by saying, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.”
It is pretty clear, faith heals, or does it? Truth be told I’m sure over a thousand people have lift Jane up in prayer and I’m pretty sure that one in that thousand has enough faith for Jane’s healing. So then the question is why didn’t Jesus respond to our faith?
I don’t know why Jesus didn’t respond to our cries of faith, but I’m still trusting God and know that you are too! I read a great post, by Pastor Tim Burt on the ‘The “Why God?” questions.’ It was timely and encouraging. I don’t need to know the answer to every question, I just need to keep asking with a child like faith. Over time God will show me more and allow me to understand more.
As we continue to wage this battle, I would like to encourage you to not lose hope and to continue to pray. Take a look at Luke 18:1-8
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’ ”
6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”
As I read these scripture I am reminded to always pray and never give up. I may be tempted to lose faith/heart and want to just give in (This is what the enemy wants). As Christians, we often times find ourselves in crisis of faith. The world looks on and cannot understand what drives us to keep calling out to a God who allows such awful terrible atrocities to bring disaster to people. What they don’t understand is that God, our God, is a good God. I won’t pretend that I haven’t questioned God, because I have. I won’t say that I have walked in total faith, because I haven’t. But, because I have a history with God and because he has always been faithful, even when I haven’t, I know that I can trust in the Lord. Take a moment and look back on how faithful God has been, and continue to pray!
Please pray that Jane will continue to recuperate. Pray that her body grows strong. Pray that her/our family stays strong of mind. Pray for a complete heal and demand the cancer to leave her body. Pray for her brain MRI later this month, pray for the results to come back clear. Pray for our family as this has been a long and arduous journey, that at times leaves us tired, in tears and sometimes discouraged. Most of the time we walk in courage and faith that is a result of the prayers that are lifted up by you. Let me encourage you to continue “to always pray and never give up!”
Thank you for all the prayers, support and kindness that you have poured on us. We can’t express our gratitude enough!!!!!!!!
Tyndale House Publishers: Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2004, S. Lk 18:1-8