As 2017 came to a close, it slipped into the night quietly for us. LeRoy and I weren’t shooting off any fireworks or blowing horns. We didn’t even quite make it to midnight. Without any late night parties or fanfare, we’re gently releasing this year and opening our arms to the new.
This new year brings hope for answered prayer and demonstrations of God’s tendency to go beyond what we could think or imagine.
The old year closed with a huge gift. Huge is not nearly an adequate word. Incredible gift.
We are so grateful for each of you who’ve been praying for LeRoy’s health. If you read my post about “Standing at the Red Sea’s Edge,” you know we’ve been earnestly asking God to provide a way for LeRoy to receive the treatment his neurology team says he desperately needs. In that post, I told you that:
“The most urgent need now is to get the treatment started because LeRoy’s condition will not improve at all until that happens and the longer his spinal cord is in this compromised condition, the greater danger he’s in, and the less effective the treatment will be.”
Since that post, God has answered in big ways!
First of all, we applied for the Johnson and Johnson “Patient Assistant Program” to receive financial aid for Remicade (and many of you carried that faithfully to the throne of God as an urgent intercession). Right before Christmas, we got word that we were approved! But that was only one hurdle, we still needed to find an infusion center that would take LeRoy as a patient. As the year closed, our PCP contacted us to let us know that he connected with a doctor and infusion center in a city about an hour away—and he will take LeRoy as a patient. I wept, as our doctor shared his good news. This is one of our biggest requests answered, this is huge.
LeRoy has an appointment with that doctor in ten days. We won’t know when the infusions will start until we meet with that doctor, and we don’t know if they’ll be as effective as the doctors say they will, but we’re hopeful. And again, our trust and dependence is not in the medical professionals, but is in our Lord who directs the course of our lives.
As we move into 2018, we’re moving in with hope, with a determination to not lose heart, with an awareness that we are completely reliant on God’s mercy and grace to meet each day’s great needs.
And we’re moving in with a greater appreciation for you.
We want to begin the year by sending each of you an enormous “Thank You!” You’re our army of prayer warriors, our brothers and sisters, comrades in the battle, and our faithful encouragers. We’ve been blown away by your offers of help, your financial gifts, and your steadfast intercession. We can never express how grateful we are for your kindness, encouragement, and continuing intercession. We know you are lifting us to the throne.
And God is answering!
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf . . .”(Hebrews 6:17–20)