Prayers are being requested for Jeanette’s daughter in law, “L” who did not get a good post-radiation report re her non-Hodgkins Lymphoma:
She is 33 years old with a soon to be 8 year old daughter and soon to be 10 year old son. She and the children are very close. She finished up 40 radiation treatments a couple of weeks ago and went back today to have a scan of the area radiated.
The news was not good. Everything she had before she had the radiation has been killed but new tumors have sprouted in the short time between radiation and upper body scan.
She now has small tumors in her left breast (1 tumor there) and 3 tumors in her chest. She has a strong faith but it is being tested now. She has been so positive up until now and now it’s as though she is losing her positive attitude which will be so important in her treatment.
She works for pathologists and the fact they didn’t say anything encouraging or discouraging to her today is worrying her.
There are no words, of course, for something so harrowing. We’ve been told lately that prayer doesn’t work. But that is silliness; you and I know it works – even if we do not always know what to pray for or how to pray. Julie wrote here about the Ignatian method of placing oneself in a gospel scene and that is one powerful way to pray. I am going to ask Jesus to reside within “L” to place himself between her illness and her health…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to thel ight, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and set his tent with us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only-begotten Son from the Father…
Of his fullness we all have a share, grace following upon grace. For while the law was givent through Moses, this enduring love came through Jesus Christ.
– The opening verses of the Gospel according to John, “The Last Gospel.”
Yes, Lord, I believe. The one you love is sick. If you want to…you can make her whole.