Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's not all about us.

We are not the only ones who are hurting because of cancer.

We have a lot of friends, acquaintances, and family members who are struggling with their own cancer or watching a loved one struggle...or even recently buried a loved one. I can only empathize with people who are going through these things... I will not be arrogant enough to say, "I know exactly how you feel."

If you would choose one or two of these families and pray for them alongside our names, we would be so appreciative.

Dianna is a mom with the same cancer as Ryan and whose symptoms are often debilitating. Pray for her sister, who is her caretaker.

Collin, a young dad with serious cancer who is from our hometown. Praise God for his response to treatment.

Bill is the patriarch of a sweet family from Montague. He was recently diagnosed with cancer. Praise God that his doctors are optimistic about his recovery.

Pray for Marla and her family as they still mourn the loss of her mother just over a year ago.

Pray for Carrie, a very young woman who just lost her fiancé Tom to cancer.

Pray for Anna, the matriarch of a family who was recently diagnosed. Her daughter was very instrumental in the Rodeo. They get results this week from a PET scan.

Pat is a sweet family friend of ours and was my mom's best friend in high school. She has scans coming up in December. She has struggled with cancer for years .., let's pray it away!

Pray for our sister-in-law's mother Melinda, who is fighting another bout with cancer. She has beat this twice and we earnestly hope that she defeats it again, for good!

Pray for Cindy, my friend who lost her husband in April to this same cancer. She is raising two children alone and is so inspirational and encouraging to me!

I know that we are missing people. I'm sorry for that. I know that you know others. Let's commit to praying for the people and families affected, and encouraging them. We have to pray for the eradication of this horrible disease! Kick it out, in Jesus' name!

3 comments:

Dan said...

In a deep, low voice, "It's a celebration." Glad to hear things are slowly on the up-tick for you guys. I know it's still a long road ahead, but you'll make it.

Barbara "Mimi" Lockwood said...

I just read about all the good things happening for you ! Praise God ! I am so, so happy to hear the wonderful news you have received ! I'm so happy you were able to have a "Celebration" --- and enjoyed "Death by Chocolate"; and I am so happy to hear you making such a "wise crack"!! It brings my heart great joy to know you can make jokes such as this!
Thank you once more for being such an inspiration to me.......you inspire me to quit feeling sorry for myself....you inspire me to trust God more....you inspire me to PRAY more...you inspire me to be grateful that my fall down the stairs wasn't more tragic....you inspire me to BELIEVE that God DOES hear and answer prayer ! You inspire me to be much more GRATEFUL.....you inspire me to ask God's forgiveness for my disbelief. You inspire me to do all of these things by your love for, and trust in, Jesus. May God continue to richly bless you dearest Ryan !
With much love from one of your adopted grandmothers, Mimi'

Ryan said...

Barbara, thanks so much for your prayers and support. You have been wonderful to us. It has been a joy to get to know you better. God bless your family this Thanksgiving.