Good News from Mayo

I have been having the odd experience of having had five different kinds of cancer in the last year. That sounds worse than it has actually been. Two kinds of skin cancer were both minor and easily treatable. A spot of cancer was discerned within an otherwise benign tumor that was removed from my neck last fall. There is still a minor kind of cancer in my bladder but that will be handled by a simple kind of chemotherapy with little or no side effects.

The only serious cancer was a tumor in the bladder, but as of yesterday’s visit to Mayo in Rochester, that has been declared no longer present. The main tumor was removed in July and doctors have been debating ever since whether it was completely cleaned out. That question seems settled, at least for now.

Somewhat to our surprise, Char and I have faced this adventure and a couple of other challenges this summer without much drama. We’ve not been knocked down by bad news or ebullient by the good.

We’ve reminded ourselves often that God has been faithful, is faithful, and will always be faithful. And we’ve daily renewed a simple commitment: This is the day the Lord has made; we WILL rejoice and be glad in it.

When such simple ideas are truly believed, it takes no heroic effort to rest in God’s love.

One of my favorite biblical words is the Hebrew hesed. It is usually translated “steadfast love,” and it means that and more. It is God’s rock-solid commitment to us: He will always love us, always walk with us, always provide strength and guidance for us. Because of God’s hesed, we will never be alone, never deserted, never abandoned.

The hesed of the Lord endures forever! Thank you, Lord!

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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