Saturday, June 09, 2012

Manna For The Soul

The further Qavah is taken into the chemotherapy process, the less she cares to look at food.  She orders it with a smile, yet when the tray arrives, she cringes.  At the same time, Kathryn is in the hospital in Virginia and is unable to keep anything down in her stomach.  Her GI tract is not balanced after all the medications she received for her infections associated with her hip surgery and recovery.  She tries to sip, but her body rejects the least little fluid.  She is being given fluids through an IV after entering the hospital dehydrated.  The doctor added liquid vitamins to the bag for nutrition in the hopes that the situation will turn around in a few days.

Paul and I have been here in Qavah's room, taking turns rubbing her feet and reading to her.  She is also being entertained by watching the entire BBC series of The Chronicles of Narnia.  The nutritionist came by, and asked what Qavah had been eating.  I gave her a brief report of the past few days; a sip here, a bite there, but nothing close to a full meal.  She responded by telling me that Qavah has not dropped any weight and added, "She must be living on love."  It is written in Matthew 4:4 "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word proceeding from the mouth of God."  Would it be possible that the hours we are spending in prayer over our girls and reading scripture over their situations is better than fixing them a table full of food?  

Kathryn just text messaged me and told me that she was listening to a sermon in her hospital room from the Hope of Israel Church in Charlotte.  I am so proud of her for accepting the food being offered to her soul, and for not turning her nose up at it for  lack of a spiritual appetite.  When our bodies are frail, and food has lost its appeal, may we cling to the truth of His word and say, "We have feasted today on the bread of life." Thanks be to God, Who is daily blessing our girls through His life-sustaining word.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35

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