After worship I got to speak with a dear friends who are going through some serious hardship with their child. You know what they told me? "I get the feeling this struggle is a necessity" - exactly what I was wondering as I worshiped. That my friend is confirmation that I am onto something important here.
Hope and assurance like fear and despair is contagious. You know what I can tell you - Jacob's hope is exactly that - contagious. I have seen it brighten the day of the staff here at Children's. I'll bet that some just don't understand how this young man has "such a great attitude". I would wager they wonder why he's always "all good". I believe that the effect Jacob is having on the wonderful people we have the privilege of being with here on the 7th floor is part of the "necessity" of his Leukemia - and I believe there is more that we may or may not understand until later.
It is so tempting to get in a fetal position and despair when unthinkable things happen to those you love. But that is not a necessity - especially when you trust that someone bigger than you, who loves more than you and "knows the plans he has for you" is holding your hand.
Jacob Update: So we are waiting for a certain type of white blood cell to reappear in Jacob's labs. They
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Continue to pray for the families on the 7th floor. There are many here - many worse off than us. Try commuting from Montana or the 4 corners area for example. Pray for the staff here from the housekeeping folks, the nurses, docs, techs - they all have a demanding job. - Pray for Monocytes ( we wonder if there is a lego kit for those). Love your kids, Love each other, Give Glory to the High King today.