May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
He answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
This psalm was shared with us today by dear friends and mentors to us. We wanted to share it with you today because we believe God is doing exactly these things for us. He is answering us in our distress. The God of Jacob is still protecting us today. He has sent us help from his sanctuary in the form us all of you who have come along beside us in prayer and fasting and intercession, serving and encouraging. He has accepted our sacrifices of a broken and contrite spirit. We are believing He is and will give us the desires of our hearts or He will change our hearts to desire His best for us. We are shouting for joy when He is victorious on our behalf and we lift up the name of the Lord our God. Yahweh! We know He saves His anointed and answers our prayers from heaven. We accept chemo and doctors and medicines yet our trust is not in them but in the name of the Lord our God. The Great I AM.
God has granted us so much in this last week. We have much to rejoice and be grateful for. We are thankful for all of you who have 'mourned with us as we have mourned and rejoiced with us as we have rejoiced'. (Romans 12:15) Today we rejoice as CJ's blood work came back today with the LDH levels reading high. That is good because that means the chemo is working and the tumors are breaking up. Praise God! His cancer is already responding to the treatments and the doctors have assured us this is a good sign. He is responding well and if he continues to respond well he may be able to go home within the next two days. We were elated at that unexpected news as we were previously told minimum a week. But we are on God's timetable and not the doctors. God knows the desires of our heart are to have our family together again at home so we can walk through this as a family. We are not sure we are emotionally or educationally prepared to take a child home who is on chemotherapy but we are told we will know all we need to know to be and able to monitor and take care of him and we are trusting God to provide the strength, discernment and wisdom we will need. Please rejoice with us as we celebrate a good day for CJ as he had minimal pain. They did not change the port needle or give him the shots we expected so today became a day of rest and recouping for him. We walked him up and down the halls a lot and even got him "unhooked" for a little while and took him downstairs to the gift shop. He tired quickly but it was a nice change of scenery and good to see him up and walking around. On days like this it is easier to cling to hope and healing. We know there will still be many more difficult days to come and we are called to cling to that hope and healing even on those days yet we welcome the days of rest God provides.
Many of you have asked about the PET scan results. We have not heard anything yet but are still praying they will see such a significant decrease in the tumors that it will shorten his treatment. We also must diligently pray for CJ's protection during the chemotherapy and ask that you join us in that. From what we are learning, once the chemotherapy begins to do its job of breaking up the tumors, the major risks become all the side affects and complications. As I previously mentioned we are asking for a miraculous resistance to the chemo for his other organs and his blood levels as it does its job in breaking up the tumors. Thank you to all the prayer warriors that are battling this right along side us. We are amazed at how God is moving the hearts of His people on CJ's behalf. And even moving the hearts of those who have withheld their hearts from Him. God is so good. He has planted a love for CJ in the hearts of people who don't even know CJ personally. That is not something that can be manufactured because you read a story that affects or saddens you. We are humbled at the outpouring of love and ask you to continue to be steadfast with us. Thank you for loving our son. More importantly, thank you for loving God's son. I want to share with you a perspective God gave me to help me through this difficult time. During a time when CJ was in pain and I was begging God to heal my son and relieve his pain, God pressed on my heart that it was His son and I began praying that God would heal His son and relieve his pain and I thanked him for allowing me to take care of his son while he goes through this.
Before I log out for tonight we have had it heavy on our hearts to thank someone in particular. We were going to do it through a private email but decided our lives have been an open book up to now so it would remain that way. Many of you may not know this person but will be blessed by reading our sincere thank you to him.
Mr. Miguel Medina,
We want to personally thank you for your leadership of the worship team and the worship time at our church. We need you to know that your faithfulness and leadership has played an important role in preparing our family for this very day. You have lead us in worshiping our Lord with our whole hearts, in truth and in full surrender. You have filled us with the very words of God and His holy Word that are now sustaining us through this extremely difficult time. Your dedication and sacrifice has not gone unnoticed by God or unused. He has used you tremendously in our family to prepare us for this day. In the most difficult week of our lives thus far, our hearts have meditated on the words you have spent hours laboring over and so faithfully leading us in. Thank you Miguel and family for your sacrifice.
With sincere gratitude,
The George family.