This retreat could not have come at a more perfect time. Isn't that the way with God? His timing is perfect.
You see, this week has been heavy for me. Very heavy. My step-father is very sick with cancer. In the past two weeks, he has gotten worse and worse—rather quickly. He is off his chemotherapy, because he is too weak. Steroids aren't giving him energy. He is breathing with the help of oxygen. Why? What is happening? Up until today, there haven't been any answers to questions, and this has caused frustration, fear, doubt and sadness—trying to grasp any bit of understanding of this situation.
Today. Today, my step-dad and mom met with the doctor to get the results of some recent tests. Today, they (we) found out that there is a lot of cancer in his lung, which is sort of like a liquidy-pneumonia-filled tumor, which is causing the breathing difficulties. Today, we found out he only has 1-2 months to live.
It is a very emotional and shocking piece of news to receive, and I think I am still numb. At the same time, I am grateful that we finally know what we're facing. I am grateful that my step-dad has time to prepare to meet His Maker, and to be with my mom and other family members.
Please keep him in your prayers. Also, my mom, who is taking care of him, mostly on her own. And me, that I may have the grace and insight to know how to serve them, even though I'm thousands of miles away.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. — Galations 2:20
(This is the scripture passage for my retreat, but how it means so much more to me under these circumstances.)
If you have a specific prayer request you would like me to pray for over my retreat weekend, please leave a comment. (I will check just before I leave.) Otherwise, know that I will pray for you in general whatever the intentions may be in your heart.
Have a blessed weekend!