Monday, May 19, 2008

As Aragorn said when standing before the black gate,...

"Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West! "

Yeah...that's how I'm thinking this week. My situation in real life is nowhere near dire, though the fear is there and is real when I forget to stare it down and it overwhelms me. Fortunately, this does not happen too often, by the grace of God through the encouragement of His Spirit and of friends.

Cancer is a very scary foe. Not knowing whether one has cancer is also very scary. But this was said by a friend in Sunday School yesterday: "We need to speak the truth to ourselves and remind ourselves of what we know..." My God is still on His throne. He is not scared, nor was He surprised, nor is He wondering how this will all turn out. Comfort beyond my meager ability with words is found in those truths!

Off to Houston/M.D. Anderson Wednesday for Thursday appts.

"By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand..." I will. Will you help by praying for us?


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