Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Homecoming

Wow! John is home. Treatments are completed. At this time there are no more chemical therapies or harvests or transplants looming in the future. Yes...there are still weekly blood works. Yes there are appointments and follow ups. But maybe our lives can take on some normalcy. For instance: things like our children and grandkids coming over for supper. Things like taking mini-vacations to visit loved ones and not having to cram things in between treatments. Things like being able to get up in the morning and do housework...sitting down for breakfast and reading the paper together then deciding what we want to do with the rest of our day. This list of things that are a part of normal daily living could go on and on.

Today we were thinking back to last March. It is unbelievable. The whole long road loomed ahead. Things at times seemed so hopeless. Death seemed to be knocking at our door. I wished John and I could jump in the car and just drive away from it all. Impossible, but I wished it anyway. I wanted God to wrap me in his arms. I wanted to be able to audibly hear Him tell me that things were going to be alright.

Late one night I was watching a program on miracle channel looking for the comfort that only God could give me. Somebody was singing a song. The song was about God being the lifter of our heads. I felt that he was promising that He would lift my head. Impossible! A few weeks later Becky was at the hospital. She had wrote a song for her father. She sang her song for him at the hospital. That song touched my heart. I felt that God was again speaking to me, that He wanted me to believe that He would lift my head. I started to have hope. I still cry when I here that song. My tears today are happy tears. God has kept His promise to me. He has lifted my head! He has walked with us every step of the way through this very long, challenging and painful year. I find it very appropriate that she has posted her song on her blog now just as we have come to the end of that very long process of stem cell transplant. Feel free to make your way over to her blog spot and listen. She has a beautiful voice. She wrote a beautiful song. Thank-you ever so much Becky.

9 comments:

Sue said...

So happy for you. It has been a long year. I can't imagine what you have all been through that none of us ever knew. It is good to be able to put it behind us and to look out to a much brighter future. Looking forward to some fishing trips with the two of you.

Eve said...

Beautiful song, beautiful voice. I'm so happy for you and John. I hope you continue to find miracles each day to sustain you and see John to renewed health.

Margaret said...

I have listened to that song over and over. I think I have it memorized and will probably be singing it all day. The kids at school tell me they always know when it is me walking down the hallway because I sing. Now I will have a new song to sing. I am so happy that john is home and that your future looks so much brighter. God bless you both.

Becky said...

Awe shucks...

Sandy C. said...

I am so happy and relieved for you and John. I'm sure it's comforting for everyone to have him back home. Wishing you all smooth sailing in the years to come.

footsack said...

Chris I can't imagine what a hard year this has been for you all. I am so overjoyed that you guys are able to now put this all behind you and move forward. I know there will still be fear of the unknown and worries but God has seen you through a very hard year.
We will keep you all in our prayers. May you all feel the love of a wonderful and loving Father at work in your lives.

jientje said...

I already saw that last night! i didn't know I forgot to comment!
Well I wasn't feeling very well, I guess that's the reason...
I'm so happy John is back, from now on things can only get better!
I keep that candle burning, I'm sure you know that!!!

Came to tell you something else too!
I had two posts today, and the last one .... Sigh!!!
The last one is my ...
is my ... jeez this is difficult...
the last one is my fridge!
There! I said it!

Aspergertopia said...

Happy, happy! Joy, Joy!

I am so happy for your family! What you all must be feeling right now...

Oh, and what a beautiful song. When I listened to it on Becky's blog, I had no idea it was her singing.

Simply amazing.

Enjoy everyday!

Carol said...

Chris,

We are so happy to hear that your husband is finally home, and that his treatment is finally over with. WE can't imagine what it must have been like for you going through this past year. Know that you all were always in our prayers. Art and I believe that God did have you wrapped in his arms, even though at times it may not have felt like it. We will continue to pray for you all.