From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1:16

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My eyes are ever on the LORD

Psalm 25
 1 In you, LORD my God,
   I put my trust.

 2 I trust in you;
   do not let me be put to shame,
   nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
   will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
   who are treacherous without cause.

 4 Show me your ways, LORD,
   teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
   for you are God my Savior,
   and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
   for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
   and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
   for you, LORD, are good.

 8 Good and upright is the LORD;
   therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
   and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
   toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD,
   forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

 12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
   He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.

13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
   and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
   he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
   for only he will release my feet from the snare.

 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
   and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
   and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
   and how fiercely they hate me!

 20 Guard my life and rescue me;
   do not let me be put to shame,
   for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
   because my hope, LORD, is in you.

 22 Deliver Israel, O God,
   from all their troubles!

Good news or bad news first?  Ok, bad news...the 2nd biopsy confirmed Angiosarcoma in Dad's femur.  Good news...there are NO cancer cells in Dad's spinal fluid.  So...what does all this mean???  I have absolutely no idea.

Not much has changed since my last post so I'll keep this short.  Dad remains relatively clear and most of his confusion is gone except when he is very tired.  He is gaining strength daily in his legs and was able to take a few steps today with the aid of his walker.  It is good to see him sit up in a chair or in a wheelchair.  As I write this, his small group is visiting with him & Mom and I'm sure that's a blessing for him.

Mom, Melissa, Lura & I (and maybe Dad) will meet with Dr. Reddy, the Palliative Care doctor, and the social worker in care of Dad on Friday at 11am.  I won't repost before then unless something comes up.  In the meantime, we would covet your prayers on our behalf and on the behalf of Dad's medical team.  We want to make good decisions about what is best for Dad's future care and treatment.  We want to glorify God in our actions and words in front of these people, as well.  We know not what the future holds, but we know the One who holds the future...and He is good...all the time.


  1. Praying and praising and praying some more, Andrea!

  2. Thank you, LORD, for the clarity in Dick's thinking. Thank you for family love. Thank you for your Word that is so perfect for our needs. Thank you for this electronic means of staying in touch. Thank you for being with these dear people (your people) through this trying time. Thank you, that because of Jesus, we are never alone. Bless the sleep of these dear folks. Make it deep and refreshing.

  3. That is great news! A good news week: clarity returned and no cancer cells in the spinal fluid!