Sent out the following e-mail this evening. Explains why I haven’t been posting for the past few days.
While I’m sending this out to as many folks as I have emails for, please feel free to forward this email.
As many of know, Sue’s brain cancer reappeared September 2015. After almost a year of chemo therapy treatments—none of which were successful in arresting the cancer’s growth—last August Sue started infusion treatments targeted at curtailing symptoms and managing quality of life. Since then we have seen steady decline, first every few months, then every few weeks, and recently, it seems daily. This past weekend it became evident that the time had arrived for those treatments to cease and for us to prepare for Sue’s “home stretch.” I say “home” because the Scriptures say that for those who have trusted in Jesus and His redeeming work on the cross and have enjoyed the blessing here of being in a relationship with the Creator, that when death comes, to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.
In fact, the Bible says that for those who know Jesus, while to live is Christ, to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). Life here has been so good! But to depart and be with Him is far better.
These truths have been our reality for all our married lives and is the hope we both have as we anticipate soon a temporary separation as Sue goes home to be with Jesus.
And so, this past Monday home hospice was engaged. We are set up to care for Sue and keep her comfortable for whatever time remains this side of heaven.
We are so thankful that the Lord spared Sue 5 ½ years ago when the tumor was first discovered so traumatically while we were in Santa Cruz. So thankful for three successful craniotomies back then and for what was almost 4 years of cancer free living since. So thankful that, for the most part, the treatments Sue has had to go through have been relatively low impact. And so thankful that Sue never lost that “peace that passes understanding” as we’ve trusted in the Lord with all our hearts and found that truly, His grace is sufficient.
All the girls, their husbands, and our two grand-kids are home now. Melissa is due with her first baby in three weeks . . . we’re trusting the Lord with this as well.
Anyway, I wanted you to know our situation. So many of you were with us through the ordeal 5 ½ years ago and many of you have remained a part of lives since then.
Thanx for the care and concern you’ve shown and the prayer cover you’ve provided. Sincerely appreciated.
Trusting in His grace. Wanting to live for His glory.