Friday, January 30, 2009

Thank You, Lord

We are so thankful!

This is Canon Josiah Adkins. He is our third grandson, and one whose health has been a concern for us recently. Canon just last week underwent surgery at New Orleans Children's Hospital to remove an Aneurismal Bone Cyst from the fibula in his right leg. This was Canon's second surgery for the same problem. The first occurred when he was three years old. He is now four. This time the mass was "dangerously close" to the growth plate.

After the first surgery, the doctor told Canon's parents that the cyst/tumor was benign. He also told them that there was a good likelihood that it would return, and that he would probably require further surgery. It did, and it did. This time, the outlook was not quite so clear. There were "abnormalities" present that were not usually found in an ABC. The doctor had some concerns about the aggressive growth of the tumor and how it mimicked a type of malignancy usually found in the bones of older children. Naturally we were all concerned.

The last week has been difficult for the family. Awaiting the pathology report was nerve wracking to say the least. We have had prayer requests going out to people near and far – literally half way around the world. While we knew that God is sovereign and that He had a perfect plan for Canon's life, we (somewhat selfishly) hoped that he would not have to go through more suffering. We prayed for God's will to be done, and for grace and strength to be able to handle whatever that perfect will involves.

The good news today is that Canon's tumor was not malignant. For that we are so thankful! Unless God chooses to intervene, Canon will probably have to endure many more of these surgeries in the future. We also know that God's grace is sufficient for every need, and we trust. How God will use this situation for His glory is yet to be seen, but we are sure that He will.

Thank you, friends, for your prayers on behalf of Canon and our family.

Thank you, Lord, for your presence and peace.

We love you.

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