Update on Bev

Dear Friends,

It has been seven weeks since my wife Bev’s double mastectomy surgery. Thank you so very, very much for praying for her recovery.

Here’s the update: We are incredibly grateful to report that all her testing has confirmed that she is cancer free! To God alone be the glory! We are quite certain that the prayers of His people were a major factor contributing to this good report.

Bev’s recovery has been steady. She has faced two primary challenges: (1) The pain medication she took amplified bouts of depression to an extraordinary level. She is no longer taking this medication, but still is grappling with periodic depression. (2) Bev’s spiritual gift is service. She has been a remarkable servant to our family, friends and all those with whom she comes in contact. Physically, she has been unable to serve, which has been frustrating to her. On the other hand, it has been a very sweet time for me and our children as we finally can focus on serving her!

Her prayer requests: (1) Relief from the depression. (2) The Lord’s direction on whether or not to go through a chemo treatment which has awful side effects.

When we first married, Bev promised me that our lives together would not be boring . . . and boy was she right! After 41 years of marriage, I knew and admired Bev’s many strengths and her deep love of Jesus Christ. But during the past two months, I have come to admire and respect her even more. The Lord has given her amazing courage, perseverance, and a remarkable depth to her kindness and appreciation of others.

About the only way I can describe Bev is from the pages of Proverbs 31:28-30, “Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her saying, ‘Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.’ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

Gratefully in Christ,
Howard Dayton

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