Matthew 11:28-30 says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
These verses were sent to me via text by a sweet friend who didn't even know how our day had gone.
*Naomi spent the night with Anna to give Craig a night in his own bed. We wanted to be there this morning in time for rounds to make sure we heard anything that might be new. Upon arriving at the hospital, we found that Anna was receiving a bag of platelets as her count was low. Anna also shared with us, a bit tearfully, that her hair has officially started falling out. When the doctors came for rounds, we noticed them all putting isolation gowns and gloves on. Anna is now in isolation as she has contracted Rotavirus which is a stomach virus that is most common in small children and immune suppressed people. This can be scary news to someone who has been told from the beginning that any kind of virus could be life threatening once you have zero immune system. It's been a weighty day. Full of tears. And then........
Remember, I asked everyone to please pray for my Father-in-law, Larry? Well, it turns out that he has been diagnosed with AML...Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Another heavy blow today. He is being admitted to OHSU to start chemo immediately. We are seeking to have him transferred as soon as possible to SCCA so that we can help take care of him. SCCA didn't have any openings until next week, so he was headed to Portland, OR. I asked our nurse if it was at all possible for patients to be transferred in the midst of treatment, to which she said it was very common. Pray that this can happen. As we have learned, treatment of leukemia isn't just a week in the hospital and then you're done. There will probably be a longer hospital stay and then daily appointments for quite a while. We are thankful that he knows the Lord as his personal Saviour!
Today has been heavy. But a friend listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and sent me a verse. A verse that reminded me that my sweet Comforter is there to take my heavy burdens from me and give me rest. It was what I needed, and what Anna needed...she wept as I read the verses to her knowing this friend had had no idea what the day had been like. Timing was everything! Thank you, Lord for loving me so much to use your people and your Word to be a comfort in times that weigh us down.