Two things stand

This is the post from one year ago today. I forgot to include it in the message I posted earlier. Update: Jeff had his wound vac removed and his incision closed this morning, and has just been moved out of the ICU. We thank God that he appears to be healing well! And thank you all for your kind words and prayers!

Defeat Despair

“Life is mostly froth and bubble
Two things stand like stone
KINDNESS in another’s trouble
COURAGE in your own.”  — Adam Lindsay Gordon

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  1. Beverley

    Oh Julia! How wonderful to hear the positive outcome of Jeff’s wound healing and his removal from ICU. I had been contemplating your words from your previous post; “Out of Suffering … “I am comforted today by this reminder of strength and humor in a desolate landscape. Like those who survived Dachau, Jeff will bear forever on his body the marks of what he has endured. May he live many years to reflect on blessings and joy that lie on the other side of his pain.” You stated your heartfelt prayer so very well and it will become my prayer for all of you, too.
    (Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.) NKJV

    • Thank you so much, Beverley. At Dachau we read some very inspiring stories of people who maintained their faith, along with an unselfish attitude (giving others parts of their meager food allotment, etc.) and in some cases, sacrificing their lives to try to help others. As with the courageous friend we lost to cancer in 2011, even those who do not survive the suffering still live on in their example of strength which speaks to us long after they have left this earth. We rejoice that Jeff has a better shot at being among the survivors now, and thank God for the showers of mercy and blessing that have sustained us through all of this. Thanks for being one of our blessings!

  2. MaryAnn

    Praising God w/ you & all whose prayers are continuous!

    • Thank you Mary Ann! We feel very encouraged tonight.

  3. Larry

    Everyone in Tennessee is glad to hear that Jeff is out in a room and things are progressing. It is so good to see the power of prayer answered by God’s will. Glory to God!

    • Yes, we are so grateful that Jeff appears to be heading in the right direction. He still says this time is easier so far than the first resection. Let’s pray that trend continues!

  4. merry

    Praise The Lord!!…for your encouraging news. I know you’re holding your breath each time a doctor walks in the door.
    “Father, we thank you for giving Jeff strength to face trail of so much pain. And for Julia holding his hand. surround them with Your Angels of Mercy. Amen”

    • Amen, Merry. Jeff is dozing now but appears to be in much less pain than he was at this point in May. So far all good news from the doctors. 🙂

  5. OH I am so pleased to hear that wound vac has been removed!!! We will continue to pray for a safe and prompt healing!! Love you all. A

    • 🙂 I can see that tea-time getting closer! 🙂

  6. Woo Hoo Great news! So happy for all of you! xo

    • Thank you! We feel very blessed. Thanks for being here with us. LOVED the card and can’t wait to figure out how to send some of my own!

      • Let me know if you need help! Your cards are beautiful as well! xo

        • Thanks Misifusa – I haven’t had time to play with the site yet but I will give you a holler when I get to it. 🙂

          • I know you have lots on your plate…no worries. Your cards that you sent me which were so beautiful were given to special people ~ thank you so much! Now your Defeat Despair lives on and connects with even more peeps ~ doing good all the time! xo

            • That is a wonderful thought that truly brightens my night tonight! Thanks so much for your encouragement. 🙂

  7. I praise God for Jeff’s progress report and pray for his continued healing.

    • Thanks, Tony. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about the beautiful song you linked. I’ve listened to it many times in just the brief time since you sent it. I posted in on Facebook too. I had not heard of that musician or group, but they are really good and the video is so well made. I’m so glad you posted the link here!

      • I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Andrew Peterson is a young Christian artist who is highly regarded but not wildly famous. He is one of my favorite singer-songwriters both for the beauty of his sound and the truth of his lyrics.

        • I will certainly be looking for more of his work! I love music, but don’t have as much time as I would like to seek out new artists. I have such a huge compendium of “songs I love” that I tend to go for those in the rush-rush-rush of life, but it’s delightful to discover new sounds.

  8. That’s good news to hear!! I love you!

    • Thank you Kathy!!

  9. Ryan

    Thank you Lord for hearing our cry!

    • Amen, Ryan. As you have probably found out, when we go through enough tunnels and discover we were never alone in the dark, we start to know it even when we can’t feel it in our hearts. This time, though, I’ve been able to feel it all along. I am grateful beyond measure, but not really surprised, that Jeff is doing so well despite his extensive physical and psychological trauma. Years ago after we had come out of yet another tunnel into blinding sunshine, it was almost as if I could hear God asking me, “NOW do you trust me?” I’ve reminded myself of that many times! Thanks for being here.

  10. Glad to hear this. Waiting for more good news. Take care, Julia!

    • Thank you Bindu! I hope and trust I will be able to send more and more positive updates. Jeff is resting peacefully this morning and though uncomfortable, hungry, and thirsty (he still can’t have anything except a few ice chips every hour – hasn’t eaten since Sunday night) he is not in much pain. We are so thankful!

  11. I must endeavour to catch up sooner. Never-the-less, I’m so happy for the news I’m reading here Julia.

    • Oh dear, I am so far behind on reading my favorite blogs that I fear I’ll never catch up! I appreciate you reading that far back :-).

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