Praise the LORD, all you nations, extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. (Ps.117:1,2)
Our hearts are filled with praise to our God who continually remains faithful to us. We know many people are praying around the world for Rod (& the family) at this time when life is so uncertain–but then isn’t that the case for all, not just us dealing with cancer? Rod’s first week on hospice care was not a good one, but since then he’s rallied some and tends to spend a portion of each day out with the family either at the table for a meal or in his recliner. He tires easily, but his smile and dry humor gives us much encouragement that he’s functioning so much better.
His oncologist continues to follow up with house calls–yes, you read that right. He comes at least 2-3 times a week. He has become a friend in this process over the past year and Rod has shared much about Scripture with him. Its a new field to him so he’s curious but also interested on an intellectual basis. He is the head oncologist for the area and is a busy man so it means much to us that he takes time out of his busy schedule to check on us (it’s a 45 minute drive one way for him to come). We can honestly say he’s not doing it for the money but out of compassion. God knew what he was doing when Rod got transferred from his other oncologist to this man. After his visit this evening, he commented that he was surprised and pleased to see that Rod is doing so well. He really expected by this time Rod would be going downhill and that isn’t the case at this point. We know that this could still end in Rod’s Homegoing unless God intervenes in a miraculous way but we are still thanking God for this extra time when we as a family can enjoy our times with him.
Rod is ready to go if that is God’s plan and to that end we are preparing. Some things are hard to work through, but glad he can think clearly enough most of the time to be able to help with decisions. Sunday found him out on the porch with the family talking about what needs to be done to finish the inside of the porch. I found the three of them later locked in the bedroom with Rod’s coffin (which Rob, our oldest son, built).* Rod wanted to see it, so the boys brought it up to show him.
Our oncologist has asked us to write a one page paper (imagine the challenge that will be for Rod!) on how cancer has impacted us, how we deal with it, and how we’ve reconciled ourselves to it (with Scripture to back it up). Please pray that Rod would have some time to finish this for the doctor. He needs a couple clear days to get it down on paper so we covet your prayers regarding this one thing. It would mean so much to both Rod and the doctor to have this paper.
Thank you all for your prayers and encouraging words. It is overwhelming and humbling to both of us to know how many lives have been impacted by this quiet scholar.
*Cost: $-0-; built from Hemlock cut and milled on the farm.