READINGOld Testament: Exodus 7:25-8:19
Psalms: Psalms 131, 132, , 140, 142
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
Evening Psalms: 140142
DEVOTIONAL“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.’” Mark 10:27
It was Holy Saturday, a day that started out much like any other day, but little did I know that it would be a day that would change our lives forever. My husband suddenly started having neck and chest pain and was being transported to Lansdowne hospital by ambulance. My worst fear, oh no, he’s having a heart attack. Suddenly the doctor’s saying words like tumor and brain and we have to transport him to Fairfax Hospital right away. After looking at the scans, the doctor called me out of the room and was telling me that my husband had a Glioblastoma brain tumor, the most aggressive type. She’d seen it many times before, and this one had crossed the midbrain. Never having had to deal with cancer before, I was saying things like, ok, we’ll do chemo and radiation. To which she responded, it’s what Ted Kennedy had, and you know what happened to him. I should just take him home and make him comfortable, as he’s only got three to four months to live. I felt extreme anger at her and said, “I don’t know about you, but I believe in God, and I believe in miracles, and we’re going to get a miracle, and he’s going to be just fine!”
After being up all night, I went looking for some coffee and found myself crying in the hospital chapel. The priest came in and said he didn’t want to bother me, but it was time for the Easter service. Easter? It was Easter Sunday morning! He asked what was wrong and if he could pray with me before I left. I don’t remember any of his words, except the last few, “May God’s peace that surpasses all understanding keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” As I walked back to my husband’s room, I felt complete peace, one that I had never experienced before.
We are coming up on Easter Sunday, 2016, and the day that I have written about was Easter Sunday, 2009. The human doctors gave him three months, but the Divine Physician gave him seven years and counting.