Sunday, April 20, 2008
A Special Visit
I was blessed yesterday to be able to visit my friend, "A." It is absolutely amazing how his spirits are high. His family is with him. He continues to praise God in this "storm." The funniest thing in the conversations that we had, and I mean funny-ironic, was his concern for everyone else. He wanted to know how I was doing. He wondered how the rest of our co-workers are. He wanted to make sure that his being gone is not a burden on others. That's "A" for you.

He is doing well, a little tired, but doing well. He continues to suffer, though to a lesser degree, from what I call "after shocks" from the surgery, small focal seizures specifically on and around his left thumb. From the beginning, the MRI showed the tumor in an area "that will have an effect on the left thumb." It is amazing the ability God has given man to study and learn. To know the exact locations in the brain that affect certain areas of the body.

With all that has happened in the last couple of weeks, one thing is for sure: the power of prayer is amazing. Never, ever underestimate that "where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, there He is in their midst."

God is awesome and the way he has spoken to so many during the "storm" is a testament to His overwhelming grace.


  posted at 10:09 AM

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Great news, JD. Thanks.

I have a friend with cancer who has very little time left. Yet when she sees me at church she wants to know how I'm doing.

I believe that's grace. I've heard someone say, "God doesn't give grace to the spectators." God gives until it overflows, and I believe that's what we see when someone for whom we are praying comes to us and blesses us with their concern for us.

At 12:36 AM, Blogger JD said...


Thanks for sharing that. The other night, when I shared this post with my wife, she commented to me how much all of this has helped me grow in Christ as well. I thanked her, and trust her, but just like when you are young and your mother tells you how good looking you are, but you don't believe it, I struggled with the compliment. Even with that, it has been amazing to see the way the Lord uses each and every one of us.

One of the other bloggers in the Methoblogosphere posted the following this week: "God has an agenda and it is not only not ours, it frequently and constantly interferes with and opposes ours. We are used to thinking in terms of God helping us in our life, that our life is 'our story' and we invite God to participate in it, and that is so bass ackwards. It is God's story, God's world, God's life, and we get to participate in it." So true. So completely true.



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