04.25.06

Psalm 113 and CT Scan Results

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 8:37 pm by Al

Yesterday in my daily psalm reading I came to this section of Psalm 113:

5 Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down
to look
on the heavens and the earth?

7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 He seats them with princes,
with the princes of their people.

The movement of God toward his people struck me afresh; exalted and enthroned in the highest position in the universe He stoops down to earth to raise up those on earth who have been brought low. He comes low to bring his people on high. Simple, but so hard to grasp and believe.

My colleague Doug Green and I were reflecting together on this psalm yesterday and he made the point that this is resurrection language. Or more precisely, it’s proto-resurrection language, anticipating the resurrection of Christ. And in Christ, God raising up those who are dead to eternal life. From living in a garbage dump to living with the Lord of the universe. What great news.

CT SCAN RESULTS. Today I heard that the CT scan shows that the cancer is stable for now—the scans show no new tumors and the existing tumors have not grown since the last CT scan. I feel a bit like the psalmist. God has heard your prayers for us. He seems to be using the providential means of these treatments to bring this result. In any case, whether by medicine or by his more direct intervention, he is the one who has done it. And we are grateful.

This is not to say I have been healed or am on the way to restored health. There are still no survivors with the kind of cancer I have. However, my doctor said that this trial in which I am participating (begun last July) has shown the best results to date that she has seen in her 20 years of research.

My dear friend, Eep Talstra, phoned with my Nokia from Amsterdam this evening (after midnight his time!) His wife, Lies, died of cancer at the end of January, and it was her funeral for which we traveled to Amsterdam at that time. As Eep and I talked, we recognized we are on different journeys, but that each of us can look to the Lord with joy for the gift that each day is.

I cannot thank you enough for your constant support and prayer on our behalf.

Blessings, Al

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