We head back this afternoon to Memphis. His surgery will be tomorrow around lunchtime, although there will be no lunch or breakfast for this little guy. So, that is number 1 on our list of things to pray for. :) Please also pray:
--that Dr. Boop will be able to remove this necrosis/mass/tumor easily and without any damage to nerves, etc.
--that the biopsy would show it is necrosis and NOT progression
--that we would have wisdom as to what treatment to pursue if there is tumor growth
--that God would give us safety and peace throughout the surgery and recovery
--that Joseph's recovery would again be swift and free of infection or complications
I could list a hundred things, but I think these are the main things. We cherish your prayers and truly feel them.
A dear friend of mine sent me this verse from 2 Corinthians 1:8-11:
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
It just completely describes our feelings...how again and again we have felt the sentence of death in our hearts, but how we have been so upheld through the prayers and kindness of friends. You all have been the hands and feet of Christ for us and we are so grateful.
Another thing I wanted to write about was this wonderful foundation called the Rally Foundation. Every year they do a cross-country bike ride to raise money especially for childhood cancer research. They ended in Nashville and rode through Nashville in Joe's honor. The above pictures are from the lunch they invited us to. If you would like to check out their site it is:
rallyfoundation.org and rallyacrossamerica.org
Joseph is listed under "kids" on the rallyacrossamerica site.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Posted by Allen and Gillian at 10:46 AM