Saturday, June 23, 2007

Saturday Night

We are home tonight with Katy. We settled her into her bedroom after she roamed through the house room to room looking at everything familiar. Most of her conversations end with the words, “It’s so good to be home.” She has been sleeping soundly all afternoon and evening. I have an idea that sleep is needed most of all. Paul and I are feeling quiet and grateful. Today Paul took a break from yard work to stand at her bedroom door to watch her sleep. It is a gift to see her face relaxed and peaceful after the torment of pain has lifted.

We’re looking forward to worship tomorrow. Katy may try to go with us but is waiting to see how she feels. Sometimes during worship when the music is playing, Paul and I stand beside each other unable to sing. The worship song is in our hearts, but only tears roll down our faces and we are speechless before a Holy God. We have been on a journey with Him that has grown our faith, and changed our lives. He has sustained us for a year with the promises in His word, and the encouragement of family and friends. We are so grateful that He never left us when our faith was shaken.

Katy’s blog is a hard one to be following day by day. It is an emotional and mental roller coaster and will continue on that way because as of now there is no cure. But this blog isn’t so much about HPS or even the story of a girl who faces every day with faith and courage. It is an accounting of the faithfulness of our God who sees, and how He has been faithful to meet every need. We praise Him tonight for the marvelous work He has done in our hearts. That we should walk with Katy through such suffering and not be bitter angry people is evidence that God is keeping our hearts faithful until we are all home with Him. There we will roam from golden streets to His banquet table ending many conversations with the words, “It’s so good to be home!”

  1. Trisha Ferris Says:

    You hit the nail on the head. God is keeping you in the faith. Thank you for giving Him the glory. It’s tempting for us who read your story day by day to think, “Boy, the Campbells are great Christians!” Our reaction needs to be, “Boy, the Campbell’s serve a great God!” You are His trophies of grace & all the grace comes from Him.
    Welcome home Katy.

  2. andrea Says:


    Well said Dawn, well said!

    I am so glad to read that Katy is home and feeling a bit better after all this pain :)

    Love Andrea

  3. Sandy Says:

    So glad Katy is home! Sleep and rest are so much more possible in one’s own bed and home.

    I was thinking of Katy during worship at my church this morning and said several prayers for her. I hope you all have a very peaceful Lord’s Day!

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m so glad you’re home and hope you’re feeling much better. I know I haven’t been so great about posting lately - it’s been a hectic time, but I do check in. Grin!

  5. Kendall Pelish Says:

    Hey Sucka,

    The sermon yesterday was on James 1: 1-4 here’s 2-4 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, [2] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
    I’m sure you know this truth b/c you are living it
    Last knight I saw some of the show my g-ma was watching about extreme cosmetic surgery . Those cats have it rough..about like you. The story that really grabbed me was of a little girl who was born with an extremely deformed face. Her mandible (upper jaw) is small and down inside her mouth so it’s not visible. She has no nose and her eyes buldge. She doesn’t look human. Her mouth doesn’t work at all so she has to drink her food and she breathes through a tracheotomy. AND YET this 3 year old girl still had the cute little girl mannerisms and had fun on a play set. My heart broke for her and her loving and steadfast parents. They know a very bizarre suffering.
    My mind went back to the sermon…God planned such things for a reason. My prayer is that they are belivers and more that the family will be made perfect and complete lacking in nothing.

  6. Jim Says:

    We are continually amazed and encouraged at the way Jesus shows his grace and His sweet spirit through your family. Praise His name.