Saturday, August 11, 2012


These last couple of days have been pretty rough for Richie.  The chemo chemicals seem to build up and make his nausea worse as the days go by.  He has been able to eat good meals still, and has been taking advantage of the good sleep he gets as a side effect from the anti-nausea meds.  I think we're just both very anxious to get home at this point.  We should be going home tomorrow morning as long as no complications arise between now and then.  Thank you for all of your prayers!  Please pray that the journey home tomorrow would be smooth and not too hard on Richie's body.  

I can't remember if I posted one of the comforting Bible passages from John 9 yet.  I was just thinking about it again this morning, so thought I'd go ahead and post it.  I'm sure you've asked yourselves "why?"  I have.  Many times.  Why did this happen to Richie, who's taken good care of himself and been a good person, when there are countless druggies, crooks, and lawbreakers running around without hardly a consequence?  We were pondering this one day, when John 9 came to our minds.  

"As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “ Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

  We believe that everything that happens in the life of one of God's children is used to bring glory to God.  The God who made us had every day of our lives planned out before the foundation of the earth.  Richie's not sick because of something he or his family did or didn't do.  Somehow, some way, God is using this for his glory and for our good. (Romans 8:28)  It's a comforting thought to us.  Isn't it good to know that there is no such thing as a coincidence?  God didn't just turn His back and find that we somehow slipped through the cracks without his notice.  Yes, it's a scary thing.  Very scary.  It's scary not having any control over what happens.  But it is comforting and strengthening to know that no matter what we go through, the God who is able to defeat the grave, to raise the dead to life, to make the blind see, to make the deaf hear and the lame walk is with us wherever we go.  He wrote the story.  He has done great things!

Here’s another song I really love! 


  1. Amen! So well said. Thanks so much for sharing all the ways our great and faithful God is loving you through this.

    Our hearts long for Richie to feel better, so we pray for a quick recovery. We are so thankful for the things that help with the side-effects, and know that being home will help tremendously.

    We are so very proud of you both and love you so very much. With a big hug,

  2. Lydia (and for Richie as well):
    "The Words I Would Say" by Hillsong is also a good song on a similar topic. The Psalms and the book of Job also deal with these issues. Praying for you every day,
    We love you,
    Uncle Jeff, Aunt Sheila, and your cousins Kari and Wendy