Monday, September 12, 2011

When Bad Things Happen To Good People...


This is my brother, Steve. He was diagnosed with cancer in the beginning of the summer. He is fighting a very courageous battle and he is my hero! He has gone through lots of testing and now chemo and it is not been a walk in the park. It has been hard on everyone to watch him go through this. But he has kept his fantastic sense of humor and good will through it all, buoying us all, isn't that the way most of the time? He wears a yellow wrist band that says Lance Armstrong on it, they share the same cancer. Fortunately the chemo has an 85% chance of arresting the cancer! Of course those are incredibly good odds and we are sure praying for that.

His wife, Emily, has been positively amazing in her support and love and I adore her for a lot of things but now adding this to my list~I wouldn't trade her for the world. She is a blessing to all of us, especially Steve at this time.


So we have lots of faith that things will be looking up soon, but today he is starting his 4th round of chemo and he is very eager to be done with it. So please, if you might just say a little prayer for him today and through this week we would be so grateful.

Because when bad things happen to good people our prayers can make all the difference. It might give him that little edge he needs to get through it easier. It might lift his spirits enough to make him worry less. It might make him feel less sick for the next three weeks! We never know what the outcome of our prayers will be but we do know this. Our God is a loving Father, He listens to and answers every prayer and He has the ultimate power to change the course of things if it is part of the plan for his child. What more could we ask for than that?

I love my brother with all my heart and I am thankful for a faith in Christ that sustains me and all of us that are close to Steve and to the Savior during this difficult time. It is nice to know we are not alone when we have a community of believers that lift up fervent prayers when someone is in need. There is so much peace to be had even in times such as these. It reminds me of the poem Foot Prints~through prayer He will always carry us when we need Him. I know this is true because I have personally experienced it so many times.

7 comments:

Marie said...

What a lovely face your dear brother has Bonnie. I have kept him in my prayers all along and will continue to do so. So many good people have lives touched with bad things. This thought reminds me of a picture I saw of the Saviour one time which said at the bottom, "I never said it would be easy. I only promised it would be worth it.

I believe that it is called enduring to the end, and if we are able to do so, we will be so very blessed. I send love and hugs from a very windy and rainy Cumbria! (Thanks to Hurricane Katia!)xxoo

laura.elizabeth said...

We pray for Uncle Steve everyday and we certainly will continue! Cancer is hard on everyone- ee wish we could be there to help in some way. Since are are not, I know you know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

margaret said...

Steve will be in my prayers from now on. Hugs to you.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Bonnie,
So glad this is Steve's last week of chemo, but sorry too! That he has to go thru this 5 more times...........
Have been and will sure continue to pray for him and especially that all his test will come out cancer free.

I just had a young woman in our church who had breast cancer whisper to me during the welcome time in church yesterday.......
that she was cancer free, what a joy to hear!! Will sure be praying that is what we will hear soon about Steve...........

These times are hard, but they do show us a new side of people we have never seen, and they do teach us what we are made of and just how much the Lord can comfort us and help us in our time of need, and many times show the person in the hot seat, how very much others love them, many times they had no idea how many people loved and respected them that much! Dear friends of ours had that experience when he had a heart aneurism. He had worked at UPS for 25-30 years and he had no idea how his co-workers
felt about him until he was in the hospital for surgery. His wife said person after person came to visit from UPS, (he was a supervisor there) and told her and many told him how much he had meant to them, and stories about things he had done that encouraged or helped them at a certain time in his life, and he was just overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude to God, cause he never had any idea of the impact he was making there. So neat how the Lord gives us those glimmers of hope at a time like that, and when Jim had
his heart sugery almost 6 years ago
we were bowled over by the people
that came and called and some came
very early in the morning just to pray with me and Dee the morning of his surgery, and some dear friends came to sit with us all day while he had surgery, and so many did things that seemed lil to them, but were very big things to us, and we experienced the peace of God and his wonderful care of us, in a way we never had before So it is an amazing time even in the midst of the adversity.
Prasing God with you and for you all and the great testimony you are for our Lord!
May His peace continue to rest upon each of you, every minute of every day.
Love and Blessings, Nellie

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Oh yea..........how is Hazie doing?
We are still praying for her, so am wondering if she is out of the woods yet???
Sure hope so............

Love ya, Nellie
Only 2 more days and you should have your package..........maybe it will come early and surprise you.....

LA Adams said...

We'll certainly add our prayers to yours.

Sister Susie said...

I have been praying daily since you shared about Steve's cancer. He is daily written in my prayer journal with specifics that you continue to share with us.

I continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to protect Hazie's health from any sickness.

Prayers for you and yours,
Susan