Saturday, January 7, 2012

I Know That He is For Me

Christen had complications from last night's biopsy. She was non-responsive and had increased swelling on the brain. As a result, an emergency procedure was done earlier this evening and a drain was placed in a fluid sac next to the tumor to relieve the pressure. Joe posted on Facebook a few hours ago that the procedure did go well and now they just wait for the results. 'Good' results would be stable condition, eventual responsiveness and waking up...

Thank you to all who have read these posts and stopped to pray. We continue to believe God for a miracle. Pray for Christen's complete healing, strength and peace for Joe, Audrey and Hudson and her entire family, wisdom for the doctors and nurses, and also for God to be glorified. The prayer support has been astounding. There are literally thousands of people praying all over the world.

I had the opportunity to chat with Christen yesterday during the day (before her second MRI and biopsy). What a blessing it was to hear her voice and have those moments to talk. She truly is a sister to me. I shared with her that I had gone to her blog that morning and was encouraged by her most recent post, written last month (December 8th). We talked for a minute about how amazing it is to look back and see God speaking to us through words we've written. How 'ironic' that her words written a month ago would speak to so many hearts now in this situation.

Though I kept it together on the phone with her, I have broken down more than a few times knowing that my dear sister is going through this. My heart aches. But through the Word of God and even the words that Christen wrote, I find encouragement. One sentence from her blog that particularly stuck out to me was "Even now as I've been battling migraines, vertigo and hearing loss, I know that He is for me..." I know that He is for me. It's easy to say things like that but do we mean it? When Christen wrote those words, I know she meant it because she is an authentic, transparent, mighty woman of faith.

Christen's post made me think of Kari Jobe's song, "You Are For Me." Take a moment to read her blog post, "Redemption" and to listen to this song below. In the midst of this trial, may we never forget that He is for us.

He is for Christen. He is for Joe. He is for Audrey and Hudson.

He is for me.

And He is for you.

As I write this, I don't know if there are any new developments. But I press on and continue to fight and pray and trust God. He is our only hope, our only source of true strength. May great faith rise up in our hearts as we believe God for Christen's miraculous healing. He is able.


Mary510 said...

Thanks for the encouragement. As I too stand with a friend battling cancer. God is ABLE!!

Kate said...

Thanks for this post! i have been praying non-stop and believe God will do the impossible! Love you Jenn!

Whitt said...

From our prayer group: Thank you Jesus for guiding the surgeons through the complications that arose from the biopsy. Praying for 'good' results. Praying Christen is as comfortable as possible. Praying Christen's husband and any other family members have wrapped themselves in Jesus' arms and that they feel that warmth and comfort through their worries and tears. Thank you, Lord, for your ever-present help. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Lis said...

This is beautiful.

Jennifer Roth said...

Thank you, all. Thank you so very much.