The past two weeks have included much more time at home than in the hospital. Markus' third round of chemo went exceptionally well which meant that he only had to spend two days at Children’s!
As time goes on, we have more questions and reflections as to the “why and what” is God doing by visiting this suffering upon us. We are thankful that we have God’s word. It teaches that it is okay to ask these questions, and it also shows us that even though we may not receive answers, we can know that His steadfast love endures over us. So many people have sent cards for Markus and our family and one of the passages often quoted is from Isaiah, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
COVID-19 has meant that the circle of people we visit with is relatively small. Due to Markus’ depleted immune system we have to be extra diligent in doing our best to ensure he does not contract either the coronavirus, or any other bug. Yet, we have been blessed by the presence of some. Markus’ friends continue to be a great support to him, Mike’s brother and his family came for a quick visit over the Easter weekend, and Jennifer’s mom is currently here for a week.
We praise God that while we are home Markus has enough energy each day to get up and do a few things. God’s steadfast love is evident every day again! Thank you all for the continued care, either through prayers, words of encouragement, gifts, and acts of service. Next week Markus begins his fourth round of chemo. This one is the five-day treatment so we’ll be in the hospital from Monday-Saturday. Please pray for things to go well, for the chemo to destroy the cancer cells, and for all of us to have a sustaining acceptance of God’s way of ordering our sufferings according to his divine plan.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1)