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Waiting Can Be Fun When You Have A Healer Like My God

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God bless you.
First, I want to apologize for taking so long, since I last posted, to bring you up to date on my health issues.
I've been having so much fun waiting on the Lord, and I've been feeling so good and invigorated, that I often have been lazy.
That's right!
Lacy's been lazy.
To myself, I've been singing a revised version of James Brown's soul hit, "I Feel Good."
"Hey! I feel good.
I knew that I would, now.
I feeeeell goood.
I knew that I would, now.
So good, so good, 'cause I got God."
As for my status?
* My brain tumor remains benign.
* My prostate cancer remains in deep remission.
* My colonoscopy test revealed a healthy color and my renal blood draw revealed healthy kidneys.
* As for being on the heart transplant list, I have been returned to No. 2 among patients with B-positive blood in the 1-B category because another patient was elevated to 1-A for his 30-day stay.
Each time a heart transplant candidate receives a heart pump, as I did, he is guaranteed a 1-A status for 30 days before being returned to his previous position on the list if he does not get a transplant. I was hoping to get a new heart during those 30 days when I was ATOP the Mayo heart transplant list. But God wasn't ready for me to get one.
I thank God for selecting the Mayo Clinic as an instrument for me to get a new heart if that is the way God wants me to go. Notice how I phrased that last sentence. The only way I'm going to get a heart transplant is IF God wants me to. He's in charge. He can heal any way He wants to heal.
I still haven't given up hope for a cataclysmic healing. I'm talking something incredibly outrageous where God would just have my body to spit out the heart pump and then give me a brand new heart without me having to undergo any kind of surgery.
As Eliza Doolittle sang in "My Fair Lady," "Wouldn't it be loverly?"
In the interim, I'm waiting and God keeps on blessing. Last week, the Sun-Times returned me to the Bulls beat as a columnist. It's the first assignment for which the paper hired me 39 years ago.
So I once again enjoy a high profile in the sports coverage and I'm humbled and grateful.
Otherwise, as I said earlier, I'm having fun waiting on the Lord. My energy level is rising. My strength is increasing. My arthritis--get this!--is in remission and I can go up and down steps more easily. I'm walking better, talking better, eating better, looking better and even smelling better--especially after I've had a shower and put on some deodorant.
At first, this waiting was was boring, fitful and frightful. But as I put my faith to the task more and more, and bathed my issues in fervent prayer, my burdens got lighter and my way got brighter, That's what happens when you serve the God I serve. Jesus Christ remain my savior as well as primary care physician. And, less we forget, he still is The Great Physician.
I'm waiting, now, wonderfully and not wishfully. I'm waiting on the Lord and I know that He's already worked it out and spared me the trouble of trying to figure Him out. I'm waiting on the Lord. And that's good because Isaiah wrote the other day, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint."
God bless you.
Once again, wait on the Lord. be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, upon the Lord.
God bless you.

Lacy J. Banks

Lacy J. Banks, 67, has been a Sun-Times sportswriter/columnist for 38 years and a Baptist preacher for 58 years. He has preached at more than 100 different churches in the Chicago area. A native of Lyon, Miss., Banks graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in French and he served three years in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Naval officer. Lacy and wife, Joyce, have been married 42 years and have three daughters and five grandchildren. Among beats Banks has covered for the Sun-Times are the Bulls, Fire, defunct Sting, Blackhawks, Wolves, Cubs, defunct Hussle, Rush, Sky, college football and basketball and pro boxing.

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