Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Praying it through

I’ve been keeping you informed of Katy’s progress and it has been three days of rejoicing for all of us. Something that was a great hindrance to Katy’s well being has been removed and we can eliminate that as a source of problems for her in the future. I am not sure why, but Katy’s bone pain returned today. It took her by surprise after her afternoon nap. Her arms and legs are hurting the most. I had her in a hot steamy shower and it offered some relief but only as long as the shower lasted. The only thing we have done differently is reduce her steroids by 2.5mg. Perhaps that has something to do with her lethargy today, but I wouldn’t think it could cause pain. It was a hard day after watching her do so well. She is feeling sad about this, and we are trying to do what we can short of putting her back on powerful pain killers.

I once heard the expression “praying it through” in a Baptist Church. The idea was to hold a special prayer meeting that people would attend to pray about a particular problem. They would begin in the evening and pray throughout the entire night until they had a “word” from the Lord concerning the problem. I know we have had many of those nights. It would be great if God worked in a way that we could expect a quick and clear answer by morning, but He doesn’t always. Instead we are praying tonight for the courage to keep trusting. Thank you for praying along with us.

This disappointing turn of events does not change the song of our hearts. The third verse of the hymn I included in yesterday’s post is a help to us tonight. Praise to the Lord who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee, decked thee with health, and with loving hand guided and stayed thee. How oft in grief hath not he brought thee relief, spreading his wings to o’er shade thee!

  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Dear Katy and all, How God must TRUST you to let you endure so much pain, and your family as well. Once when I was first married and things were SO BAD with my step-daughters - I remembered something I had leaned on through many hard days in Africa - and I think I read it somewhere - but it is what I began with, God knows beforehand JUST HOW MUCH we will suffer, but HE TRUSTS US to hang on to HIm, to keep on believing, to keep on loving, and HOW HE LOVES YOU FOR IT! My pain was emotional - yours physical, but we know He is always there, He is always faithful, and He will not let you suffer/be tempted above what you can endure! I pray that your “way of escape” may come quickly.

    Love, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I can only imagine how tough it is to have to deal with the bone pain. I know it seems like a setback but God will bring you through that too. :-) Keep trusting in His love for you!!
    I’m going to try to come see you tomorrow, if you’re feeling up to it. I got your number from Lael so I’ll call in the morning. If you’re not up to it, we’ll look at some time next week. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Jes Says:

    Hey guys-
    I’m so sorry to hear about the pain. I know your hearts are heavy - please know that we are ‘praying it through’ with you all. The last few days I’ve had a terrible cough and have been awake a lot at night - so I’ve followed your example and taken the ‘awake’ time to be productive and pray….you all are always at the top of my list! Thank you for being an example and a light! We love you!


  4. Doris Harriff Says:

    I was thinking about Katy this morning, and a thought came to me. It’s probably something that has already been addressed, but I thought it worth mentioning - that Katy’s deep bone pain is probably due to her blood problems, that perhaps her bone marrow isn’t up to keeping up with her blood needs, and stress on it might be causing the pain.

  5. Sandy Says:

    I have to echo Doris’ comment. I have wondered if maybe it was the platelet transfusion that helped the pain subside for a few days? I know when I’m having a rough time with bleeding, I can get a lot of deep pain.

    You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!

  6. Justin Says:

    Hey guys its Justin here. I am glad that Katy is doing well. My thoughts and prayers are surrounding the Cambpels right now. I had a life changing exspirence this week. My uncle died and i was thinking he cared about other people during his time of suffering and i think that Katy is doing g that as well. I thought that i would try to do the same thing to. The Cambpels have done a lot during my time as a new Christian. Through the hard times with my dad and my Grandmother they just keep thinking about other people and this family has ben a true blessing to me. I was reading the book of John and studyed about the pridiction of Christs death. And i thought that we all have to go sometime. Thats why we have to think about the Cambpels because we need to think about others instead of ourseleves. Because thats what Christ wanted us to do. So i want to end this comment by saying thanks to the Cambpels for being apart of my life i never knew shutch a family like them. They have been a true blessing to me. Thank you Cambpels and i will continue to “pray it through”. Peace and God bless

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