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Posted 2018-05-22T21:04:40Z

May 22, 2018

There are several reasons for tears.  Crying is one; but one could also have allergies, an infection, or a foreign body. Let’s talk about tears that come from crying which happens when the lacrimal glands’ production out-match the lacrimal ducts ability to get the tears into the nose, and one begins reaching for the Kleenex (preferably, Ultra Soft), begins blubbering, and develops aphasia (can’t talk well).  Over the past six months, Nancy and I have shed a few of those tears.  One thing that I have observed is that women cry in a more civilized fashion than men.  They always have a tissue while men go for the sleeve or blow on the grass.

I am impressed by the fact that the One Who made lacrimal glands values what they produce.  Psalm 56:8 reads: “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.  Are they not in your book?”  Now, I know little of this celestial bottle; but it appears to be a secured container and highly valued by its Owner.  If one could do genetic tests on the contents, I suspect one would find tears of Adam and Eve as they exited the garden, tears of the infant Moses as Pharaoh’s daughter was moved to adopt him, tears of David as he ran from Saul, tears of Jeremiah as he wept over Israel, and certainly the tears of Jesus as He wept at Lazarus’ tomb.  There would even be room for the tears of all God’s people since creation.  What is even more amazing is that in that bottle, one would find the tears of Dave and Nancy Morris!  Yours are there as well.
This type of tears is inextricably connected to suffering.  In the above passage, David adds the word “tossings” to perhaps bring to mind the restless nights, the yearning for a comfortable position, the loss of control, and the anxiety of a possibly shortened future. Nancy and I have tasted those tears.
We have also tasted tears of joy as our Lord has provided relief in the midst of disfigurement, pain, aversion to food, weakness, and yes, depression.  We tasted those joyful tears this afternoon as the post-chemo PET scan report came back negative for cancer!  I will meet with Dr. Patel, my oncologist, on Friday and figure out the long-term plan.  But for now, we are content with simply thanking the triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, for His present healing.  Pray with us as we seek to live out our remaining days with His purpose.
Nancy and I had already planned to celebrate our forty-ninth wedding anniversary tomorrow with Diane and Katherine and our two wonderful sons-in-law, David and Ed.  This radiology report will add a little party flavor to the celebration.
Dave/Daddy/Granddaddy/Doc Dave

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Comments (39)

  • Greg Moore
    Greg Moore

    Happy anniversary to a great couple. Kathy's and my anniversary is this Saturday, 5/26 but 4 years behind you two. So glad for you two that things r going so well. Greg

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Scott and Lucy Broyles
    Scott and Lucy Broyles

    We are praising the Lord with you!! Lucy and Scott

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Clint Wilson
    Clint Wilson

    Wonderful news Dave! Praise the Lord!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Keith owens
    Keith owens

    This is the best thing I've heard all heart is happy with this great news...God bless you both and yall will remain in my prayers

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Darrell Davidson
    Darrell Davidson

    My tears are added after reading the good news. As a pathologist who sees many cancer patients, I've seen some of the details of suffering you mention, even when the news is good. And I've had to give the not-so-good news to some. Yes, God is good all the time...but it's hard to feel His goodness if you don't know him. Thanks for keeping us informed about the joy of knowing Him, even in the midst of unexpected, painful and frightening circumstances. Compared to that, everything else is worthless. Thanks for sharing a story only you could tell.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sally Culley
    Sally Culley

    Wonderful news!! My guess is that upon reading this update there will be many tears of relief and joy shed by those who love you both (me included). Your celebration tomorrow sure sounds like fun. Happy Anniversary!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jill Lummus
    Jill Lummus

    Great news!! Happy anniversary you two and enjoy your celebration!💕💐

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kenneth Kuykendall
    Kenneth Kuykendall

    What wonderful news and a great Anniversary gift. God bless you and your wonderful family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Garner Roberts
    Garner Roberts

    Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow! Great News, we celebrate with you.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Rebecca Holman Edwards
    Rebecca Holman Edwards

    To God be the glory, great things He has done!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Melodie Adams
    Melodie Adams

    Wonderful news!! ❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Eileen Frye
    Eileen Frye

    What wonderful news. I'm so happy for you & your family. I miss you a lot & think of everything you did for me. Please continue getting better. You are in my prayers & thoughts.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tom Blanchard
    Tom Blanchard

    We're thinking of you both for tomorrow on that wonderful anniversary, rejoicing with you over our Lord's goodness, and praying for many more anniversaries together. Nous vous aimons beaucoup! Tom & Lucy

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Ann Smith
    Ann Smith

    So glad to hear your wonderful news!! Thanks be to God.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Geri Riley
    Geri Riley

    Those words are the most precious ones to hear. I know from over a year ago to hear them and bless each day I have. God bless you and your family. We are living miracles in our fight for life. Geri Riley

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Babs McCoy
    Babs McCoy

    Happy Anniversary and God is good! Great news to celebrate!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Price
    Mary Price

    Joyful report Dave and Happy Anniversary to the two of you! Blessings! Mary & Roy Ed

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sarah Smith
    Sarah Smith

    Dave, I am so glad to hear your news!! I am also thankful for your insight and discussion of Psalm 58. I have cried a LOT this weekend, and it really is sweet to know that God cares about them, a fact I most often leave out of mind. And, now, I'm on the verge, again. :) Love you (both)!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Penelope Patton
    Penelope Patton

    To God be the Glory... great things he hath done. My love and celebration of happiness for your good report and your Anniversary of Love tomorrow.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Teresa Moore
    Teresa Moore

    That is awesome news. Praise God. So happy for you!! Happy Anniversary to you two!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Rebecca Becky Scales Dvorak
    Rebecca Becky Scales Dvorak

    Wonderful news, Praise God! Happy Anniversary!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Andrea York
    Andrea York

    Dr. Dave, I'm so happy to hear your good report! I've thought many times about that bottle and book.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Belinda Pettit
    Belinda Pettit

    What thrilling news....yes!! What a beautiful perspective on tears....yes. ❤️ All glory to God. In everything give thanks....His glory shines through. So thankful. Belinda

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Butch & Quinnie Blizzard
    Butch & Quinnie Blizzard

    Butch and I rejoice with you in tears of joy. You two are awesome ministers of the Word of God in all you say and do and that's why God chose you. No one else could praise Him in all things like you have. May it be pleasing to Him that you celebrate many, many more anniversaries. .

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cassundra Walker
    Cassundra Walker

    Wonderful News...Doc.. Happy Anniversary to the both of you.🌻🌹🌺 Cassundra Walker

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lorraine Cherry
    Lorraine Cherry

    Praise The Lord! Happy Anniversary!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Beverly and Bob Dillon
    Beverly and Bob Dillon

    Dave, we are rejoicing with you that your report showed this amazing news! From the beginning of this journey, your testimony of Faith and courage has inspired us all. Through all the difficult days, the highs and lows, you have remained calm and strong , always able to find God's word in every circumstance. Nancy has been your rock and encourager, but we knew that would be the case! We share your tears of joy and thankfulness! Enjoy your anniversary celebration and the good health in your future. With love to you both, Beverly and Bob

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lorri Papania McCallum
    Lorri Papania McCallum

    Dave and Nancy, such wonderful news to read and what a great answer to prayer. To God be the glory! Enjoy your celebration!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • I Richard Barrett
    I Richard Barrett

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Wonderful news, like icing on the cake, to add to your celebration, my friend. God Bless you now and in the days ahead... Rich

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Robert Mason
    Robert Mason

    Great News Dr. Dave . . . . . still Pray'n. . . . Rob Mason

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Palermo
    Karen Palermo

    This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. We are rejoicing with you. Isn't this a beautiful anniversary gift? We send you and Nancy our heartfelt wishes for JOY, LOVE, and PEACE today and throughout the year.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • mary k poindexter
    mary k poindexter

    wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy anniversary!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Don Green
    Don Green

    I wish I had known your commitment to the lord when I was your patient It’s really great to hear. I always knew you were wise. Good luck on the long term plan and happy 49th anniversary Jackie and I celebrate our 50th next year too. God willing and the creek don’t rise. I guess you call em bayous here in Texas 😄

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Emily Farra
    Emily Farra

    Happy Anniversary and what wonderful news to add to the celebration!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • William Letcher
    William Letcher

    This is great news. Happy Anniversary to you both. Bill and Billie Letcher

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Skip Netzorg
    Skip Netzorg

    Dave and Nancy, what great news. Lots of tears, and a ton of answered prayers! Skip and Jane

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Melissa Ford
    Melissa Ford

    Dr. Morris, I only found out a couple of weeks ago and tears came pouring down. We have been praying for you as well as our prayer warriors. I just found out about this website several days ago through Kelsey-Highland Knolls office as Lex (Robert) and I had to go for our physicals. I also broke down after finding out about you not returning, but I do understand your wanting to be with family and I am sure God was helping you make this decision. I want you to know how great-full we are that we had you as our physician for the last several years. I want you to know you are the best Dr. and we will never find another one like you. It is proof as when we asked our Dr. if she was going to call us with test results as Dr. Morris did and she said if we wanted her to. I replied yes and to this day have not received a phone call. You would be a great inspiration to all of your patients if you would PLEASE reconsider coming back. You have been through alot and could share with us both spiritually and medically. PLEASE know that you are the BEST ! If you could contact Lex and I that would be great. If we have to choose another Dr. I need some input as I obviously chose the wrong one. There are few Dr.'s like you----Thanks for all you have done, Melissa and Lex (Robert) Ford

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Ken Chapman
    Ken Chapman


    2 years ago · Reply
  • Ken Chapman
    Ken Chapman

    Happy 49th anniversary to a beautiful and inspiring couple in every way and beyond.

    2 years ago · Reply