Suffering reveals Jesus - that is why none of us will avoid it. It is, believe it or not -a mercy. It drives us to the King when we are too stubborn to go on our own. It strips me of all of the things that I place between Jesus and me - so its just me and him. It is only then that I am ready to accept the mercies Jesus gives me during the suffering -and I am certain the blessings after suffering. Not just for ourselves but for others.
As I write this, Lorrie and I are processing what Jacob's transplant team has just told us. His Leukemia is back. It is aggressive and it will likely take his life. We wonder "why?" to ourselves. He has fought so hard, so...bravely. He has endured so much - we have endured so much. We've never been alone. You should know that we have encountered Jesus in this valley -in ways that could not have happened under any other circumstance. I praise the one that conquered death for that.
We are asking you guys to pray for us once again. Specifically we need wisdom. We are facing some unfathomable choices and an unfathomable conversation with our son. Pray for peace - for Jacob, for his brothers and sisters and for Lorrie and I.
Marshall and Lorrie