The book closed with this excellent and appropriate passage for those battling leukemia and cancer:
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)
Through the light momentary afflictions of leukemia/cancer and the fact that our outer self is wasting away:
- We do NOT lose heart
- Our inner self is being renewed day by day … oftentimes in ways beyond comprehension and explanation
- The affliction is preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison
- We look toward the eternal unseen things
What a powerful message to close a book on one’s battle with leukemia!
Dick is the friend of a friend and tonight I was blessed to have a 30 minute telephone conversation with him. What a blessing indeed as we got to know each other a bit and how Christ has grown and strengthened our faith in the midst of our battles. Dick offered both encouragement and prayer and he is every bit the faithful believer and prayer warrior the book reveals him to be!
Anne, thanks for setting up the meet. And Dick, thanks for the call.
And Lord, thanks for this precious and memorable moment!