Remembering my love for my dad

On October 13 my dad had his normal 2-year CT Scan and a week later was informed there was something abnormal. On the 21st he had a biopsy where a tissue sample was taken from his lymph system on the left neck. He was informed of the results that the biopsy was negative.
Needless to say it was a big scare for all of us.
But to be honest, I am glad for the scare. Every time I am reminded of my dad’s battle with cancer, I am reminded of the faithfulness of my God. And I love to be reminded of that. It has only been two years since my dad was diagnosed, but I already see ways I have forgotten the truths I clung to during that season of trials. Praise you Holy Spirit for searching the depths of the heart of God and reminding us weak and forgetful sinners of his truths.

My dad wrote:
“As it turns out, God has again blessed us and it was indeed not so serious. However, was a good wake up call to not forget and that God holds our future in our hands every day. A couple of weeks ago I was visiting a friend, Richard Schumacher, who is undergoing chemo for the 4th return of his cancer going back over 20 years (last recurrence was 6 years ago). While visiting he was telling his Jewish doctor (who has treated him all these years) that from him studies for his ordination a few years ago that God heals in three ways:

1-through Miracles
2-Through Medicine
3-Through Death

And that he would win either way. I am thankful that God has chosen to heal me through I believe medicine. I have had the blessing and great joy since my initial cancer of holding 3 new grandchildren in Joy, Ella and Tommy. As well as walking my daughter Charley down the aisle this past summer.”

At the end of e-mail daddy attached this beautiful German hymn that he said has been a constant encouragement through his walk with Christ:

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
His holy will abideth
I will be still whate’er He doth
And follow where He guideth;
He is my God; though dark my road,
He holds me that I shall not fall:
Wherefore to Him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path:
I know He will not leave me.
I take, content, what He hath sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away,
And patiently I wait His day.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
His loving thought attends me;
No poison can be in the cup
That my Physician sends me.
My God is true; each morn anew
I’ll trust His grace unending,
My life to Him commending.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He is my Friend and Father;
He suffers naught to do me harm,
Though many storms may gather,
Now I may know both joy and woe,
Some day I shall see clearly
That He hath loved me dearly.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking.
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken.
My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:
And so to Him I leave it all.
Whate`er My God Ordains is Right by Samuel Rodigast

Praise God, the one who comforts, holds, and guides. Praise him for loving us and reminding us of his relentless love over our lives.

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