Monday, October 04, 2010

Our Faith

The sermon yesterday centered around the fact that the disciples went right to Jesus when they were discouraged, afraid, or bewildered.  At one point when they were in despair they went to Him and asked, "Lord, increase our faith."  The minister gave a few examples of how in this life, our faith is tested, and then he asked, "Where will you go then?"  Paul was holding my hand and I knew he and I had the same answer.  We have run to God in prayer for help and He has increased our faith every time. We have no fear, and believe that Kathryn is going to come home from the hospital and walk through the door.  But she is not doing well and we are asking you to pray with us.

Her white cells are in the normal range now.  The infection has been addressed.  However, Kathryn's pancreatic enzymes are now very high.  An early morning MRI revealed no blockage in the ducts.  Her lipase level is now over three thousand.  The doctors do not know why.  Nothing they can see is making sense here.  Since this is the fourth time this has happened we're asking that by His hand, Kathryn will be healed once again.  Medication and the finest minds are not enough.  

A friend called this morning on his way to a Missions to the World board meeting in Philadelphia and told me that they will pray today for God to move in a mighty way.  Our church prayed yesterday and friends all over the country have written to say they are praying.  Part of the miracle I see unfolding is that God has given us a lifetime of friends who know where to run first when trials come.  Many are praying, and it is humbling to think that Kathryn's life has touched so many.  

By faith I am painting the trim in Kathryn's room and am about ready to stencil the decorative boarder.  I am expecting her to be home by the weekend.  She is resting comfortably and the hospital staff has been very attentive.  While I paint, my soul waits for the Lord. 


  1. Praying for comfort and peace for all of you and a quick recovery for Kathryn!!

  2. Ib and Patricia HagstenOctober 4, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Dear Dawn and Paul:

    Your calm and peace is so amazing! ... and the fact that you are able to keep busy, and not just wring your hands, is awe inspiring!

    Kathryn IS and always HAS BEEN in His care ... HE, and perhaps HE ALONE has the answer to Kathryn's needs ... and we will be praying that He, in His love and mercy, will reveal answers in a timely fashion..... and that, at the same time, He will grant Kathryn peace and comfort. We sincerely trust that her pain level has been diminished.

    In Him,
    Ib and Patricia

  3. I've been praying & will continue. Add my name to the list of folks who know where to turn. May the God of ALL comfort be your strength.

  4. I'm praying for Kathryn and the whole family. I'm glad she was resting as of your post yesterday, and hope that continues. Praying and trusting that she will get well very soon. Our God is able.