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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.

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Lazy? You call getting your blog included in a patient support group newsletter, passing your recent medical tests with flying colors, returning to writing the Bulls Beat column, AND providing the lyrics to a song for us old school folks to sing in our heads LAZY? All this while still being a husband, father, grandfather, preacher, friend and other roles I'm sure you're playing in life while waiting and praying without ceasing for a new heart? I think not! Lazy Lacy. Now that's the best joke you've made yet.
Prayers and blessings,

BANKS' RESPONSE: Thanks to you, Marie, upon further review, my call on the field does not stand. Your points are well taken. So, sisters and brothers, another Lacy Banks pity party has been canceled. Hear that? Not just postponed. But canceled because Maria continues to discourage me from feeling sorry for myself or from discounting, demeaning or devaluing myself or how I'm handling things. So, please tear up those invitations you may have received prematurely. Also, take those sympathy cards or gifts back to the stores you bought them from and get your money back. Don't forget your receipts, however. Okay? Marie is right. Pity parties ain't me. This blog is not a woe-is-me requiem. It's about a win-win fight. It's about relentless hope and perseverance. It's about overcoming. It's about praying, preaching and praising. But every now and then, I'm going to show you some of my human foibles. I'm no superman. But I serve a super God. He has all power. So thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through Jesus Christ, our Lord. For greater is He who is in me than he that is within the world.

When I miss you for a while, I pray harder that more good news is coming. I really just look forward to knowing you and yours are doing well. I continually pray for the patience you have exhibited, and a strenthening of my faith. By the way, when my GOD tells me I can have a pity party, I'll invite you, but somehow I just don't think he's going to allow it. He just holds me up there, too high in HIS arms. Hallelujah, JESUS! THANK YOU!

BANKS: Come to think of it, the one pity party I treasure most of the one that Jesus held for us one wondrous weekend. In fact, it was held the very first Easter weekend. Check out the names of those on the guest list: you, me, all repentant, believing and confessing sinners, God's grace, God's mercy, Jesus' redeeming blood, His body which He allowed to be crucified for us on that old rugged cross of Calvary, Jesus' faith which He authored and finished for us, God and His Holy Ghost. First, God pitied us with His love so much so that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Second, Jesus loved and pitied us so much so that He shed His blood as a remission for our sins and then gave His life as payment or atonement for our sins. Third, He pitied us enough to arise from the grave with all power given unto Him in heaven and in earth. As for my real pity? I pity that fool who has said in his heart: "There is no God." I pity the sinner who refuses to repent of his sins, who refuses to confess with his mouth Jesus as Lord and also refuses to believe with his heart that Jesus not only died for us but arose from the dead to redeem us.

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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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