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Posted 2018-04-19T14:55:13Z

April 19, 2018

I have mentioned before the Biblical principle that prayer is a two-way street.  The benefit certainly applies to the one prayed for; but the benefit also applies to the one praying.  Let’s call it a win/winprocess.  There is also a Biblical principle found in II Corinthians 1:3 “Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Paul repeats in verse 7, “Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”  Let’s call it a suffering/solaceprocess.  When the Bible repeats itself, is redundant, says the same thing again, or reiterates (like I have just done), it’s time to pay attention.   

About three years ago I taught a class that I called “Sovereignty, Suffering, Solace.”  One goal was to catch a glimpse into why our sovereign, loving God allows suffering.  Another goal was how to receive and give solace, or comfort, like in II Corinthians 1.  I and most in the class were not suffering at the time.  But we all knew the time would come for some kind of suffering to enter. I used Michael Card’s book A Sacred Sorrowas a resource in which he said about suffering, “It was a shadowy path that began outside the garden.  It meanders through our lives, inevitably leading us through the darkest valleys of our fallen existence.  But we must never forget that it is a path, that it is going somewhere.”  Well, I am getting to know this “path” of illness pretty well.  Thank you for helping me start it, follow it, and ultimately, get to that “somewhere.”
I completed the fifth of six chemos three days ago…so far, so good with mild side effects.  I am so thankful for a great care-giver in Nancy, for faithful prayers, and for a faithful prayer-Hearer.  So, the current plan is for one more chemo on May 8 and two more spinal taps to inject a medicine for prevention.  A PET scan will be done be done in mid-May to access the lymphoma status.  
Love you all,
Dave/Daddy/Granddaddy/Doc Dave

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Comments (10)

  • Robert Mason
    Robert Mason

    What a Great Word Dr Dave . . . . . God's Mercies are new everyday . . . . and His Grace is Sufficient . . . .Keep fighting the Good Fight brother Sincerely, Rob Mason

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Palermo
    Karen Palermo

    Thank you, Dave, for your thoughts on suffering/solace. They are a reminder that God walks with us each day and helps us to carry the cross of whatever form our suffering takes. Even as you bear your own cross you help others to carry theirs. May God bless you and continue to hold you in the palm of His Hand.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Belinda Pettit
    Belinda Pettit

    Keeping prayers going! Ty for this inspiring insight...always a blessing.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Ken Chapman
    Ken Chapman

    We cherish your words and thoughts and we cherish praying for you and Nancy. Chapmans

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Shelia Watkins
    Shelia Watkins

    God’s word is mighty! He walks through every journey with us. We are continuing to pray for you and Nancy. Shelia Watkins

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Terri Hellwig
    Terri Hellwig

    Thank you for keeping us updated. May our gracious sovereign Lord see fit to extend His tender mercies to you and grant you peace, comfort and healing as you lean upon Him through this trial. Sending you and Nancy our love and warmest wishes for mild side effects and effective treatment.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Don Green
    Don Green

    Thanks Doctor Dave You words are very inspiring Fight the good fight. You will be rewarded I believe Don and Jackie Green

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lee Ellen Benjamin
    Lee Ellen Benjamin

    OH DOCTOR DAVE, SOOOO happy to hear good news from you (and Nannie)! On the eve of your (you are old) birthday I must say how VERY HAPPY I am for you to turn 69! And I must say I hope there will be MANY MORE of those April 21 birthdays!!! In honor of your (you are old) birthday, I am donating to PostHope and I wholeheartedly encourage all of your friends and relatives to do the same. LOVE YOU and NANNIE!!!! LE

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Teresa Powell
    Teresa Powell

    Such a great word. Sharing with a friend who was diagnosed last week. Teresa Powell

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Keith owens
    Keith owens

    Wow...again great news and great words from a man of God....We all have a cross to bear somewhere along our life....Seeing you stand strong in your faith amidst your suffering is a blessing to so many the slip in pray for you and Nancy everyday... I miss your dry humor....God bless you and your family

    2 years ago · Reply