The power and will of God

Life on this side of eternity is a made up of many experiences – some joyful and others painful. But the one constant is that in everything, the works of God are on display in our lives. That is what it is to be a Christ-follower. It is our purpose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever – through joyful and painful experiences. 

We are still processing the news that Markus’ cancer is back, back before it was even gone. At some point last week we reminded ourselves that as we pray for a miracle we need to do so recognizing that God is powerful; He can certainly heal Markus! Jennifer reflected that wouldn’t it be awesome if God would show us and all the doctors and medical staff at BC Children’s his almighty power by causing the tumours in Markus’ lungs to go away, even completely? We know if it his will, he can do it.  

In John 9 we read,  “As he [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (emphasis added) It was the will of God that the blind man would be able to see again. And Jesus performed a miracle and healed him right there and then. We pray that if it is his will to heal Markus, he will do that too. What a display of his almighty power that would be! But if not, we pray that his works would still be manifested in our lives, come what may. 

This week Markus started his radiation treatments. As you see from the image above, it’s a pretty high-tech machine that delivers the radiation in precisely the right spots. There are going to be 25 treatments in total, each one only taking about 15 minutes. So lots of driving, but glad to be home every night! Tomorrow he is scheduled to have a port implanted in his chest for the next three rounds of chemo, which are scheduled to start tomorrow as well. Please pray that there are no complications.

Through it all, God is good to us and Markus. As the pictures below show, we’ve been blessed and every day have something to be thankful for.

The “Disciples” not only shaved their heads again, they also spent a few days with Markus in Whistler!
Helping out at Beekman Auction before heading to Vancouver for radiation
Thanksgiving dinner a week late because Markus was in the hospital the previous weekend
Tickets for opening night compliments of BC Children’s Hospital
First game for Markus and Aaron!
Working in the kitchen with mom
So thankful that Markus can keep busy and is so positive about life