I’ve got some good news to share, but since you’re praying along with us, let me start with a thought about ‘prayer’ as it relates to healing, cancer, and life in general.
This year I decided to study and reflect on pray to answer some of my simple questions on the subject being raised by my health situation. The older I get in life, the fewer answers I have and the deeper become my questions!
In this prayer pursuit, I discovered essays by C.S. Lewis in a compilation, How to Pray.
His first essay is, Can Prayer Be Proven to Work? His simple definition of prayer focused my attention on the word, ‘request’ and what it means. Here’s the quote . . .
“For prayer is ‘request.’ The essence of request as distinct from compulsion is that it may or may not be answered. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. . . Prayer is not a machine. It is not magic. It is not advice offered to God. Our act, when we prayer, must not, any more than all our other acts, be separated from the continuous act of God Himself, in which alone all finite causes operate.”(pp. 4, 12)
We all have been ‘requesting’ Jehovah Raphe to touch my cancer with His healing hand. For two years after my operation, we thought that request was granted. But then four months ago, a few cancer cells were discovered growing in the scar tissue from my March 2017 operation.
Our request to God after the operation was that He would keep cancer far from us. When my cancer returned, we knew God did not give us that desire. He denied that request for His good reasons.
So now I have to deal with this new reality – the recurrence of cancer — an emotional, practical, and spiritual ‘downer.’ Through prayer and processing, we arrived at the conclusion proton therapy was my only curative option. But MD Anderson would only qualify me as a candidate for this treatment, IF my cancer had not metastasized.
Therefore we requested Jehovah Raphe to keep the tumor contained so proton treatment would be relevant and offered. We marched down the medical diagnostic track to test metastasis, and it appeared I would qualify for proton radiation . . .
. . . until a very bright spot in my spinal column showed up in technicolor on the PET scan screen! If it was metastasis, proton treatment would not be offered and I would be into palliative care. So was this spot metastasis? To check it out I went back on the table for a biopsy of the spot.
Now we requested that Jehovah Raphe would ensure this would not be cancerous but something else, so we could move forward with this potentially curative option.
Well yesterday, God, the Father, Jehovah Raphe, granted those two requests!
- My radiation doctor called and said the biopsy showed no cancer in the spine, and therefore . . .
- Dr. Chun, the radiologist, booked me for a Simulation on Monday (Mar 4) to get started with proton radiation therapy!
So the rollercoaster has now moved into the station and we’re heading forward on a solid path to try and eradicate the cancer. That’s something now on our ‘request’ list – that this treatment will kill it.
Philippians 4:6-7 also speaks to our situation: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” -NIV
Thanks for joining us on our journey.
Dave and Sheri