Monday, July 21, 2008

Hope Rejoices!


When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

He determines the number of stars
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power.
Psalm 8:3,4; 147: 4,5
Last week I was in darkness but not without hope! This week I come to you with praise on my lips and a heart that is singing with joy! The MRI that my younger brother had on Thursday, revealed no cancer! The neurologist, neurosurgeon, radiologist, etc. all agree that what was picked up by the PET image was damage from radiation treatments from 2005. My brother will be closely monitored but the team of doctors do not feel it is a life threatening problem.
The cancer was first removed in 2004 then showed cancer cells still present a year later. Just moments before the surgery in 2005, my cell phone rang. It was my older brother, reminding us that tears had gone before us. I knew that he was referring to the many prayers that our mother had prayed and that these prayers were kept in heaven. (Rev: 5:8) His voice sounded calm and confident.
This time I could not call my brother, nor could he call me, yet it seemed I could almost hear his voice, reminding me once again of those tears and prayers that had gone before us. I prayed that God would pour these prayers on my younger brother and that His will would be done, with hopes that no cancer would be found. My brother said he would be looking at six months to a year life expectancy if cancer was found on the brain. Both my brother and sister-in-law are doctors so I knew they had medical knowledge for all that was happening.
Everything that happened last week is a reminder of how fragile life is and how quickly our plans can unravel. So often, songs come to my mind when life gets tense and uncertain. Right now, I am thinking about the song, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow."
I don't know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day;
I don't borrow from it's sunshine
For it's skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o'er the future, For I know what Jesus said;
And today I'll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead
(chorus)
Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand,
But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.
Ira Stanphill
It is so true! We don't know what tomorrow holds but we know that God is in
every tomorrow. He will be there before we are. No surprises with God!
Isn't that good to know?

23 comments:

From the Heart said...

Mary, What a wonderful praise report. I'm so glad your brother is okay. I have prayed for him a lot.

If you did not get the comment on your previous post, you need to go to my blog, there's a surprize there for you.
AliceE.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Praising the Lord with you today. Yes, I love the words: "We don't know what tomorrow holds but we know Who holds tomorrow." Isn't that so true.
Love,
Paula

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oh, I've just got me some big old goose bumps running up and down my body right now! I've been waiting for the report.

Praise God. Thank you Father for your provision on behalf of my sister and her family. Thank you for the tears that have gone before us and that follow behind. Thank you for showing yourself in full measure this week. Thank you for giving us this day. Thank you that Mary has found your peace in the midst of the tumultuous. You, alone, stand worthy of my praise. Amen and amen and hallelujah and amen again.

peace~elaine

Sheryl said...

Mary, what a great report. More so, what great words about our God! There are no surprises with Him, isn't that such a comfort. But I do rejoice with you about the great news for your brother!

Thank you again for encouraging each of us while you are walking out your own journey.

Love to you-
Sheryl

Plant Lady said...

Mary,
Praise God! I'm so glad that your brother is okay! I requested that our church pray for him, his wife and for your peace. God is Faithful!

Love and Blessings~
Plant Lady

From the Heart said...

Mary, you are a very serving person and very deserving of the award.

You mentioned the links. I just figured them out myself while doing the post. If you put it on your sidebar, it has a link that you can click on. You put the blog address there and save it. People can click on the picture and it will take them to that blogspot. If you post, notice the little green thing that looks like a bag. Type the person's name or title, block it and then click on the little green thing. A box will come up similar to the other one. It will already have http:// so you just add the blog address to it and click what ever it says in order to save it. If you have any trouble be sure to let me know and I will do whatever I can to help you. If it sounds too complicated you can always list the Name of the person or blogspot and but their web address beside it. Look at Sharon Hurley's, that how she did hers.

God bless you, you always leave such sweet messages. I enjoy hearing from you.
AliceE.

From the Heart said...

Mary, I forgot to tell you that you can print out what I wrote. You should only have to print 1 page. I printed our Sharon's and that helped me a lot.
Let me know if you need more help,
Love you,
AliceE.

skoots1mom said...

DOES JESUS CARE? (song by Frank Graeff)

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth and song; as the burdens press and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?

Does Jesus care when my way is dark with a nameless dread and fear? As the daylight fades into deep night shades, does He care enough to be near?

Chorus:
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief when the days are weary, the long nights dreary, I know my Savior cares.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for YOU!


GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME! GOD IS GOOD!
Thank you, Jesus, for interceding for us.

JnL4God said...

Mary
Great Praise report. Thank you for the update.
Get some rest and peace.
Lynn

Denise said...

Praise God for watching over your brother. I love you sweet one.

Yolanda said...

Mary,

I love that there are no surprises to GOD. I love how He touches us right where we need to be touched. I love how He brings others into our presence, right when we need a touch.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Tracy said...

Mary,
My heart rejoices with yours today!! You're so right, it IS indeed such a comfort to know that God holds all our tomorrows, and nothing comes as a surprise to Him. Like you, I'm so often encouraged by hymns and songs of faith. That song is beautifully fitting. Thank you so much for this great report!

Blessings,
Tracy

Deborah said...

hmmm...I've tried twice to comment...blogger is being mean!
Just wanted to thank you for stopping by. I read several of your posts...what a blessing!
I'm so glad you got good news today.

Technonana said...

Singing His praises with you!!! God is not just good, He's AWESOME!!!

Denise said...

Thinking of you, and saying prayers for you my friend.

skoots1mom said...

thanks for coming by...
yes, i imagine i'll be spending time on the stairs, too!

relative to books: i just finished 90 mins in Heaven...oh, my heart broke for him. i live with chronic neck pain from a high school injury but at least it's somewhat controllable with advil...i can't imagine having what he had. He truly met his humanhood but yet continued talking to God and finding his way.
My friend, Robin, likes to read, too and she's recently hooked me on Francine Rivers...so I have a long list now!
I'm heading out to the campground to hear the preachin'
i'll have you in my heart as i worship and i'll remember you and your family in our prayers...we will be standing on holy ground and i love being under our arbor with the pine shavings!

Mocha with Linda said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Good news about your brother.

You asked about Millie in your comment on my blog. I don't know who that is, unfortunately.

debrah said...

Mary I am visiting your blog to thank you for dropping by and saying Hi.
I read your post and I am praising the Lord for what He has done for your brother and family! What a blessing and encouragement this post is to us. Thank you!
In His Love,
Debrah

Mary said...

Oppps! I asked Linda about Millie but she is Tracy's mother-in-law. Tracy requested prayer for Millie in her post on June 19th for physical and spiritual needs.
Tracy's blog is "My Cup Runneth Over"

I'm sure she would appreciate prayers from all of us.

mary

Mary said...
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Cyndy said...

Mary...what a wise and generous woman you are! Thank you for this testimony and the encouragement it brings!

Plant Lady said...

Mary,
I "tagged" you!

Please come by my blog to get directions.

Blessings~
Plant Lady

HisServant said...

Glad to read that he's okay on here too. We're calling him again tomorrow before the plane ride. Love you!