Jessica-Update

Please continue to pray for Jessica! Here is a blog her family has set up for her! It has been just over a month now since Jessica went to the hospital…

From December 7th:

For the last three weeks my heart has been gripped by Jessica’s story. A young wife, with a young son of two years and currently carrying her second. The week of Thanksgiving she went into the hospital with breathing issues. Tests revealed cancer wrapped around her throat. Due to her situation they felt they would be able to take action immediatly with treatments. However, one more test revealed the dreadful truth that the cancer was not contained in her throat, but filled her body and organs. My heart was ripped in two for this beautiful mother, her husband, her young son, her family and her unborn baby.

There are not too many moments that go by in my day when something, some mundane task like washing dishes or folding laundry makes me stop and think and pray. Life is truely a vapor.

This past Sunday we were given an opportunity to visit her and her husband in the hospital. We didn’t know how long we would have. Perhaps an hour, a few minutes…or not at all. I struggled to be ready with encouragment or perhaps a song…and especially to be brave and not to weep. The morning came and we bustled around getting ready. A last minute arrangment of Christmas greens occupied much of my time.

Here and there I heard c say he wanted to make a card for Jessica. First he brought me a pink piece of construction paper on which he had drawn a manger scene. There was the stable with a star on top. There was Joseph and near him was Mary holding the precious baby, Jesus. He cut out a donkey and I mentioned, “wouldn’t it be nice to color it”? Sometimes he works quickly and neglects to color. :)

Presently he came back with it colored. I mentioned that perhaps he ought to add some words. He ran off and then I began to wonder if he would ruin it with a mistake or some crazy sentence that wouldn’t make any sense. Usually he asks for help to spell words but this time he didn’t. And I worked away at my project…forgetting what he was up to.

Quietly he came to my side and I took a moment to glance down to see what he had done. Perfectly written in the center of the paper were the words, “The Lord is with you”.  Tears filled my eyes and I fought back the sobs. Yes, my son. You have utterly said all that need be said. The Lord is with you Jessica…in your deepest, darkest hour when the world would say that He has left you…He is there.

An hour later, Jessica lay in her bed with c’s card in her hand. She signed (her only method of communication besides writing in a notebook occasionally) her appreciation for his gift. My heart was full.

Little evidences of grace throughout our days are what make us able to fight the fight that is laid out before us.

Consider praying for sweet Jessica to be bold in her fight and for her faith to grow. For her sweet family who is hurting deeply inside yet remaining peaceful as they rest in the cleft of the Rock.

10 Comments

  1. Addy
    Dec 7, 2010

    Precious. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Erin Moore
    Dec 7, 2010

    praying right now. sobbing and praying.

  3. Jon Evans
    Dec 7, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing this H.

  4. Daniel Willson
    Dec 7, 2010

    My wife Wendy (Shoemaker), showed this to me and all I could think of was Luke 10:21.

    At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

    In a strict sense this passage is about another situation but in another its completely resonant with Jesus’ joy in the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

  5. MMOM
    Dec 7, 2010

    What peaceful words. Thank you for posting and C for skimming the dross and seeing the gold.

  6. Vivian Bevins
    Dec 7, 2010

    Through the mouths of babes, God gives comfort to those in need. I will be praying for this family.

  7. Kelly Rainey
    Dec 7, 2010

    Thank you for sharing. Found out about this brave young woman from Lori Smith. Hoping all can find peace and comfort among the ruin and chaotic.

    Best wishes to all.
    Kelly

  8. Aleda Ball
    Dec 7, 2010

    Thank you for sharing. I am a close friend and prayer partner of “C” & his family. “And a little child shall lead them. Keep focused on the Lord….the same yesterday, today, and forever, He will never leave us or forsake us. I will be keeping all of you in prayer.

  9. Jessica
    Dec 7, 2010

    Jessica,

    Praying for you and your family. God loves you and He will always be near you. Never give up, never.

    In Christ,

    Judy Hannon

  10. Debi
    Dec 16, 2010

    Praying for this family. So hard, and yet God is with them and in them and will carry them through all they face.
    Love and hugs and prayers,
    Debi

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