On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

More of August Memories on Throwback Thursday

Continuing on with my August memories, I am reminded of August, 1987, when we were in Seattle for my brother's bone marrow transplant. That was a month of watching and waiting to see how he was responding to my bone marrow. Today I was thinking about their son, Chase, who was probably 6 or 7 months old when my brother was first diagnosed with his cancer in 1985. He was two years old at the time of the transplant. Chase is one of the many miracles over the years for my brother and his wife who had been married eight years and didn't think they would be having any children. 

But it was surprise, surprise!! when they discovered that Susan was expecting. The real blessing in this miracle is that had not God blessed them with this boy at that time, the cancer treatments would have almost assuredly foiled any possibility off that happening afterward because of all the radiation he had undergone. God's timing is so awesome, don't you think?




When times are difficult, the presence of a child brings joy and comfort and I believe it was true in this circumstance. 



It must be terrifying to think about what the future holds for your child when you are going through such a life-threatening situation, yet the love and yearning for that child would bring hope and encouragement in the will to not only survive, but to grasp hold of and live life! 




My brother not only survived, but he learned lots of valuable things in the process and has lived his life to the fullest ever since. I think he would tell you that the experience changed him for the better. Whatever ambitions may have driven him before went out the window and were replaced with the deeper knowledge and thankfulness of the blessing of life and the people he loved. What was strong before, was even stronger after!

4 comments:

  1. Well, I sure love this post and the happy 'ending'!! Praise God! I'm so happy the transplant worked and that Chase was able to be part of the healing process. How amazing for you to be able to donate your bone marrow and facilitate the cure.

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  2. What precious memories and photos! I love the one of the kisses with the barrier in between. Praises to God for your brother's survival. Seattle is a lovely place. I used to live in Vancouver, WA and went there a few times. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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  3. Yes, yes, God's timing is always on time!! Thanks for sharing these beautiful memories with us.

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  4. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this. Yes, happy for the happy ending. What a beautiful family. Sometimes God works in mysterious ways...and always right on time.

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