Monday, October 30, 2006

Mercy and Job

Between soaks in hot towels and medications, Katy and I invested the day in study and prayer. Her Sunday School teacher gave us a book by John Piper called The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God. It is the story of Job in poetry. We talked about the lessons we are learning about suffering and pain and our home felt like a sanctuary all afternoon. We recalled how many times we felt the presence of God in suffering and how it delivered mercy to our spirits. Her tears are precious to me, so I can only imagine how blessed the Lord is to be the silent witness in our conversations.

(excerpt from the book)

The Lord has made me drink
The cup of his severity
That he might kindly show me
What I would be when only he
Remains in my calamity.

There are days when we ponder the hardship, but then there are days sprinkled with joy. Even the hardest days are laced with laughter. A few weeks ago Katy wasn’t able to swallow but she was so hungry she was licking the salt off Sun Chips. As she licked off the salt she placed the “used chips” in a bowl on the table. The next day, after a friend had come to clean I noticed the bowl on the table was empty with only crumbs remaining! I was horrified! I was sure this friend saw them, felt hungry, and ate them! I ran to my husband and explained what I thought had taken place and he said, “You can relax, I fed them to the dog last night.” We laughed until our noses needed blowing. Ah, laughter, another form of mercy!

  1. Helen Mast Says:

    Dear Paul, Dawn and Katy,
    I have only recently learned that Katy is still very ill. I had lost the website address and mistakenly thought she was doing better. Katy, you are so dear to me. Your mom and dad are too.I remember when I first met all of you. It seemed I had been given a mission to help this family with this tiny child. I wanted to guide you through the special ed process and support you in all the meetings with the “big wigs.” I wanted to help you succeed. You were such a hard worker and so eager to learn. What a blessing you were to me! We have been in and out of touch over the years, but I have been able to keep up through all the other people who love you and your family. Dawn, I will never forget how you took so much of your precious time to listen to me and to comfort me in Belk that day. I have forwarded your website to others who care. I continue to pray for all of you during this difficult time.
    Love, Helen

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Dawn,

    I will have to say that sometimes laughter is the best medicine, and that is why I think God gave us that emotion. Katy licking those Sun Chips reminded me of when I used to lick Lance Toastchee Crackers. The nurses always seemed to be amazed that I could just be satisfied with just licking them. And my reply was, who wants to writhe in pain for a bite of food. They just would look at me strangely and laugh!!! What else can you do but laugh? Besides crying just makes it harder to breathe, so I choose laughter, even when it seems so hard to laugh!!! You guys take care and keep on laughin’!!!!
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman

  3. Jennifer :-) Says:

    Keep laughin’, Katy and family. It really is good medicine. :-)

    He is FAITHFUL and will continue to meet all of your needs!!

    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    That is too funny!!!! So, what would you have done if he hadn’t fed them to the dog? Ha ha ha!!! Thanks for making me giggle! I needed it!

  5. Annie Kibler Says:

    Katy and Dawn,
    I have licked things the same way with my mom watching in awe. I’ve never heard of anyone else say they’ve done the same thing. I had to LOL when you wrote of what you thought happened to them. I can’t wait to share this funny story with my mom. Thanks for sharing. Hang in there and keep laughing when you can. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
    Love Annie

  6. Laura Griffith Says:

    Just thinking of you and wishing you much comfort. Ya’ll are still in our prayers.

  7. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Hey, I think I see a new marketing angle… Introducing NEW from Nabisco…”Lick-O-Chips!” Now you can satisfy your taste for salt AND provide man’s best friend with a tasty treat! Simply lick to your heart’s content and then give the remaining chip to your dog for a satisfying, healthy snack! Comes in bacon, cheese, and NEW meaty beef flavors! YUM!

    Keep laughing!

    -Jennifer :-)

  8. Justin Sowers Says:

    I am a member of Wellspring Pres. Church and i have met Katy on a few occations and the times that i have met her she was a verry sweet person and you guys do a wonderfull job on this website. I also am a friend of Paul Cambel and he has been seing a bright side of the world through this hard time of suffuring and discomfort. I just wanted to let you guys know that i have been praying for the family ever since i herd about the tragedy. Thanks for your time.
    Yours Truely,
    Justin Sowers

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