Hearing that you have cancer is just something that nobody wants to hear. Life stops at that moment, and a wave of fear and emotion floods your mind. For both Jon and I to experience this (his with Leukemia and then mine last fall with breast cancer), felt almost overwhelming.
But only for a moment. (2 Cor. 4:17)
Because, thankfully, we have a living hope! We have the privilege of being chosen and loved by a God who knows every day of our lives! And He makes no mistakes. Sometimes He uses the very things we hate to accomplish what He loves.
And He loves us: Jon, Tiffani, our family, and this church body.
We are so thankful that He used all of you to love on us and to be His hands and feet over the past several months.
We were blessed to receive gifts and cards in the mail, home-cooked dinners, cute hats, and even fake eyelashes! ☺ Every one of your prayers carried us through each day. And there were some hard days. Knowing that others were interceding for us before the Lord was truly the best gift of all as we went through this trial.
So many of you shared your own similar stories with us: an illness, a hardship, and family pain. We all have struggles that test our faith. You prayed with experience, and you encouraged us with your faithfulness. What a beautiful gift to see the body of Christ in action!
I am thrilled to tell you that my treatment is now complete. ☺ My body is recovering, and I even have a little hair on my head again! I am grateful for the ways He is changing me through this process…suffering does produce perseverance, it does produce character, and with that character: a living hope! (Rom. 5:3-5)
Though I am eager to get back to “normal,” I would like to ask for your continued prayer. We believe that the cancer is gone, and I’ve got a lot of living I’d like to do, but fear and anxiety can still creep in from time to time. My confidence and trust is that my life is in the hands of a God who heals and makes all things new.
Keep looking around, because the Lord will have others for you to minister to. Continue loving and serving one another.
Thank you, again, for your extraordinary love for us!
Tiffani and Jon
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.