It’s hard to believe that it has only been one year since Grace finished her radiation therapy. So much has happened in the past year that it feels like a lifetime has passed by since her surgery.
It was Good Friday of last year that she received her last treatment and we could not help but feel that it was somehow symbolic of what God was doing in our life at the time. The surgery that removed most of her tongue and the grueling radiation therapy to the head/neck area certainly has changed our life completely and adjusting to the “new normal” has not been without its challenges, all of which I can certainly go on and on about. But on this anniversary of her completing radiation treatment I just wanted to jot down some things that I am truly thankful for instead of focusing on the difficulties we’ve had to deal with.
I am thankful for Grace’s deep inner-strength and unwavering faith in God through all that she had gone through and is still going through.
I am thankful for our children who have been nothing but good and bright through it all.
I am thankful for our friends and family members everywhere in the world who have been faithfully praying for us and will continue to pray with us.
I am thankful for our church family who have been so understanding, supportive, and generous through it all.
I am thankful for the overwhelming generosity of so many who have given to us willingly and cheerfully so that we would have one less thing to worry about during this time.
I am thankful for the life we have, however fragile and broken it may be, so that we can know and experience the love of God in a new and unexpected way everyday.
I am thankful, most of all, for the incredible hope we have in Jesus Christ that one day we will all be made new and enjoy His presence for all eternity:
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”