We have realized many people in the church we now attend used to go to our former church. One such family attended when some of my little ones were in Awana at the former church. L was the Cubbies game time leader, and he always made it fun for my children. J was the song leader (I don’t remember if she was in Cubbies, but she did it with older kids). J also helped with children’s choirs and likely in other areas. Both are serious about their faith in Christ and about raising their children in a Christian environment. They left a few years ago. I have since learned some of the issues for them involved their children. They wanted a sound Biblical foundation and it just wasn’t quite there at the former church. You have to actually go to a church with a good Biblical teaching sometimes to see the difference, and they say they have. J is not only a servant to children in the church, she also is a public school teacher. The children adore her, she’s a wonderful teacher.
J has leukemia. It’s been a battle, and L says J hasn’t been able to attend church since Mother’s Day last year. She’s had ups and downs, and the doctors have fought for her. The family has gone out of it’s way to also not expose her to germs, sometimes not visiting her for fear of making her ill. They have taken every precaution possible. Now J is loosing her battle and has been given a few weeks to a few months to live. Her body is fighting with host cells, and it’s caused damage to her bowels. They stopped treatment, and of course the cancer cells are showing in tests. The doctors are now at “we cannot do anything but keep her comfortable.”
The family has been visiting J and spending all the time with her they can. So far she is actually feeling a bit better given that treatments have stopped, but this will not be for long and better is relative to how terrible she felt before. The prayer L passed on is for the girls, that they will not weaken in their faith in the Lord because of this. I have no doubt actually that they will be okay, but it’s his prayer. I also pray for the family that they will have great times in the last weeks ahead. If God would provide a miracle, wonderful! We can pray for that. However, if He decides to go ahead and allow J to die, I pray for her family and their adjustment to seperation from such a great mother and Christian woman.