Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Email from July 3, 2010
Today went very well. Perhaps I sugar-coated yesterday's email a bit. It was a very difficult day yesterday. Will's first night of Chemo was very stressful for him, but he didn't want to tell his dad who stayed with him that night. He is such a sweet boy and was trying to be thoughtful. Chris lay awake most of the night trying to listen for him and make sure he was awake if Will needed him. Lynsey and I spent the night at the Family House, talking, crying, praying for Will and reading the scriptures together. Part of the scripture was from Moroni chapter 7. This is how it reads:
27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
30 For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.
What a great scripture for this situation. I have watched continual miracles happen to get us where we are now. More on that later. Yesterday we also talked to Sam... sorry if I am repeating myself. It was so difficult. He was devastated. We cried a lot yesterday. Please remember Sam in your prayers and fasting too. It was a sweet experience for me to go back to the Family House last night after a tough day and read this scripture:
18 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; but so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome.
19 And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.
20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.
21 And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
22 And when he had done this he wept again;
23 And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.
24 And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.
Today Grandma and Grandpa brought the kids down to visit. It was so great to see them after a long week. They miss their brother and family. Right now is a time for us to stretch and grow in ways that are hard and uncomfortable, but there is no other way and we must learn to have faith and know that God, our Father is in charge and will bless our lives as we struggle through these trials. It is not our loving Father's plan to ignore and cause pain, but to comfort and console through His Son when we are in need of strength and wisdom. Why does it have to be so hard. Tonight I was texting Katie and told her it is like taffy. It must be stretched and pulled twisted and then stretched and pulled and twisted again until it is smooth and silky. Without all the effort it is just a sticky soft mess. These trials are made to pull us all together and make our lives sweet. Will said the other night that he was grateful for the trial because without knowing sickness, how can he truly appreciate his health. Wisdom beyond his years. I am so proud of him and his patience in this trial. The kids are having a hard time dealing with this too. They aren't quite sure what to think and are struggling to understand. They are trying hard to maintain a happy existence, but it is stressful on them. In the end we hope this experience will bring us closer as a family and more grateful for the amazing blessings we have in our lives.
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