Bev Cancer Update 11.12.13

Dear Friends,

This past week has been a mixture of challenges, sweetness, and continuing the journey of trusting the only One worthy of trust.

Although my wife, Bev, has been feeling great for the past six weeks, her oncologist discovered that her blood “markers” were elevated indicating that her bone cancer was growing. So, they conducted a bone scan – she was so radioactive that Bev couldn’t hold the grandkids for two days!

Her oncologist called her at night with the results: the tumors along her spine are growing. He told her to stop the medication that wasn’t working and try a new one that he prescribed. Although we admire her oncologist, we asked to see a breast cancer specialist at MD Anderson for a second opinion. He gracious agreed, and helped to schedule it.

What are we learning? Several things.

First, we’ve been reminded that for those who know Jesus Christ personally, we’re pilgrims just spending a short time here on earth before going to our permanent home in heaven. Pilgrims see their earthly possessions for what they are: useful for kingdom purposes, but far too flimsy to bear the weight of trust. Our complete hope is in Christ alone. Jesus is enough.

Second, it’s a huge blessing not to go through a crisis alone. To have a loving spouse, family or friends is a wonderful source of encouragement and support. To hear from so many who are praying for Bev’s healing is an overwhelming encouragement.

Last, there is no substitute for spending time reading God’s word and for praying. The Lord promised us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Only when we gain God’s perspective as revealed to us in the Bible, and walk closely with our heavenly Father, can we experience the peace and even joy He has for us, regardless of the circumstances.

Love in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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