On the first Sunday of each month, members of the church in congregations throughout the world, join together in fasting by abstaining from food and drink for two consecutive meals for the purpose of drawing closer to God. Fasting is often done with a specific purpose in mind and accompanied by sincere prayer. Also, during the church service, people in the congregation have the opportunity to stand and share their testimony. Yesterday, I fasted for the health of my son, William, and strength to face adversity. I also shared a portion of my testimony and ways that it has been strengthened these past several weeks.
One benefit of blogging is the ability to organize and edit thoughts, so here are some thoughts and parts of my testimony that I would like to share.
Our family has been the recipient of countless prayers from people all over the world, many from people we don't even know. We are truly grateful and want to express our thanks. I believe in the power of prayer. I know that God hears and answers our prayers. I want to share with everyone that we have felt increased amounts of peace and comfort during some of our most difficult days. I know this is a result of your many prayers offered in our behalf.
I have also thought a great deal about faith and hope. I have faith that the Lord is aware of our family and that whatever we will have to face in our path, we can learn and grow from it. I hope that things will work out the way I want them to, but I have faith that whatever happens will be for our good. Faith is powerful and faith can work miracles. I know that we are all here on earth to learn and grow and because of Jesus Christ and his teachings, our family is eternal.
The past three days, William has been doing remarkably well. He has been more willing to eat, had no nausea, limited pain, and been quite talkative. Other than his balding head and skeletal frame, he seems almost like the old William. In fact, last night he commented, "I haven't got all my appetite back, but aren't you glad I got my talking back?" Ryan and I looked at each other and just laughed and agreed. William is a talker!
William was thrilled to buy Fireworks on Saturday and counted down until dark on Sunday. He had a blast watching and lighting fireworks. Yes, lighting. I don't know what kind of parents we have become! He was supposed to sit and just watch since his blood counts are dropping. But no, he was scrambling all over the street lighting fireworks, getting dirty, laughing and having a blast. Sometimes it just seems right to let him be a kid. And not having four other boys to follow his example probably made us ease up a bit.
William sees the doctor tomorrow and will get his blood tested. If this cycle is anything like the last one, he will already be neutropenic and at his nadir. (Do you all remember your "N" vocabulary lesson?) He may need a blood transfusion, but his coloring and energy level seem good, so I'm hoping that won't be the case. I just want to be in and out quickly for a change.