God bless you.
Last Saturday night, I covered the Rush's electrifying 52-47 comeback win over the Kansas City Brigade. It was the first game I had covered in two months since being hospitalized and diagnosed with brain cancer, end-stage congestive heart failure and prostate cancer.
The fact that I got through the coverage successfully and did not suffer a heart attack with the way the Rush rallied back to score 17 unanswered points for the win is proof that God is healing me. My health continues to improve. Rush general manager Mike Polisky and I watched the last quarter of the game on the press room television. He had confidence all along that his team would tough it out. But most people may say that it was a game the Rush did not deserve to win.
My only difficulty was a couple of incidences of incontinence. But I fortunately was able to get to a restroom in time. Incontinence, an excruciating and often uncontrolable urge to urinate, is a popular side effect from prostate surgery. Dr. Brian Moran and others have warned me that the worse may be yet to come as the radioactive seeds increase their attacks on dissolving and dislodging the cancers that invaded my prostate.
Yes, our prayers are paying off. And I can't thank you prayer partners enough for joining me in this "healing in progress."
But what also impress me are the tons of people who have shone me love whenever I have gone out in public. At the Rush game, dozens of individual fans greeted me by name out of the blue as I moved through the arena traffic to and from the press box and press room.
While I am thankful to my medical dream team for providing me the knowledge I need to do my part in
making the best decisions in terms of treatment options, I thank God first and foremost because all
healing comes FROM God. Though it may come through doctors, through nursing care, through
medicines and through therapy, all healing comes FROM Jehovah, the God of healing.
I'm just hoping that people, who don't know Jesus as Saviour and are indecisive about God, would get
in touch with God as soon as possible so that when sickness and other adversities overcome us, they
will have the power of the universe at their disposal with withstand, endure and prevail.
I may sound like a broken record. But I can't thank God enough for each day, even each moment,
that I live now without experiencing an great pain or discomfort. I thank God for the way He is healing me
and is giving me more and more hope that the healing will be comprehensive and complete.
My healing has not happened all at once the way the healings are portrayed in the bible. He is
healing me gradually, day by day, as I regain more strength and an increasing sense of well being. So
what are the real challenges to me? They are for me to have faith and the patience to wait on the Lord.
The hardest part for so many of us when blessing time comes is to wait on the Lord when the blessing
doesn't come all at once.
Few weights are heavier than waiting. The devil likes to attack us while we are waiting. He attacks us
with doubt, with frustration, with anger, with fear, depression and, if he's lucky, death. But if we trust
and never doubt, God will surely bring us out. He will make our enemies our footstools. He will make
death shut up, get somewhere and sit down and keep his icy hands to himself. He will fight our battles
when we are out-manned and out-gunned.
God bless you today. But I also want to add an extra benediction to this entry. It's an old hymn that
the Lord has been placing on my soul, my heart and my tongue of late. I sing it in the morning. I sing it
at noonday and I sing before I go to bed. And sometimes I sing it in the midnight hour. Some of you
will recognize and feel the Spirit of the living as we recite the lyrics in song:
My faith looks us to thee
Thou lamb of calvary (tears are falling from my eyes right now)
Now hear me while I pray.
Take all my guilt away.
Oh let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.
May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart
My zeal inspire
As Thou hast died for me
Oh may my love to thee
Pure, warm and changeless be
A healing fire
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus!