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Give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:18
One drizzly October evening, seven years ago, I received a phone call from Hermann Hospital downtown. My first thought was that it must be someone from church calling. When the voice on the other end called me Mrs. Allen, I realized it was something very different. My husband had been in a car accident . . . he had a broken ankle . . . was I coming? I went from cooking dinner in my kitchen to the wife of a trauma patient in an instant.
That night, in Don’s hospital room, I lay on a cot next to his bed. My husband was bruised and bleeding, hooked to many tubes and beeping machines. He was scheduled for the first of what would end up being a total of seven surgeries in the morning. The road ahead would be long and difficult and painful. But right then, I was just thankful that he was alive and, at the moment, sleeping peacefully.
And my prayer matched his rhythmic, sedated breathing: “Thank you, thank you, thank you . . . “
God wants us to give thanks in every circumstance, whether good or bad.
What can you thank God for today in whatever circumstance you find yourself?
that I could
take this picture
on the anniversary of my first day of chemo.
"a chimeric monoclonal antibody against the [cancer] protein CD20, which is primarily found on the surface of B cells".If there are any remaining cancer cells (of the CD20 variety) left floating around in my body, this is the seek-and-destroy missile out to get them.