Gratitude

Ps 107:8-9 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Greetings from the Lambright’s,

I often hear people begin by saying “I know that my situation is nothing like yours”, after which they express difficult situation in their own life with apology. I realize that regardless of how difficult life may be for someone else, it offers no hope to deal with your own hardship. What we have found to help us is a heart of gratitude. We have found this is a means to be renewed, encouraged, & filled with hope.

We recently (last Tues) made what we thought would be our last 2 trips to the Elkhart Clinic before forging out a “maintenance plan” which would exclude the chemo treatments. What we found was a great disappointment. Our oncologist stated with enthusiasm that we had only one more cycle to go. A cycle is 2 infusions a week, for 3 weeks, then a week off with only the steroids taken at home. I was overtaken with anger, frustration, & disappointment. Shari was doing all she could to hold back the tears. After some discussion he said “well its up to you, what would you like to do?”. I yielded and said your the professional, what you say I will do. He offered that we would have 1 more cycle but only 1 infusion per week for 3 weeks before going on maintenance plan which would likely exclude going to Elkhart for treatments & involving an oral capsule taken at home.

We looked for the goodness of God and were grateful that I am completely off of the opiate pain killers which I dislike. I felt confused at times & it was hard to concentrate but it did alleviate the pain very well. I am thankful to report that even in the absence of the pain medicine I have very little pain. The steroids will be reduced by 1/2 in the last cycle. The steroids cause sleeplessness which on the 2 days I take them I typically sleep 2 1/2 hours a night. The chemo usually has side effects of extreme fatigue noticed mostly 3 or 4 days after the treatment (Sat & Sun).

I am so grateful for the recent Pastor Appreciation at River of Life in honor of the 3 pastors. There were many kind things said and then a song sang by 3 young men with comical twist of how some may perceive the pastors. What a hoot. Laughter is truly a good medicine & we felt very loved.

The past 9 months have taken a toll on my sweet bride. She has given her very best without complaint. She has served me when I was unreasonable & snarky or flat out mean. Shari has stood by my side when fear & uncertainty pounded on the door. I don’t believe I would have made it without her. She has been a pillar for me & for that I am grateful. She has left the room to cry when I was oblivious to her need for reassurance.  Shari has endured things that even I don’t understand. This season has strained our relationship like nothing else has. We are also thankful that we are doing very well after working through these trials & feel closer than before this began in April of last year. We realize that even in this, we are thankful to the only living God for He alone holds our tomorrow and we will not be overtaken with fear.

Today we “Give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy endures forever”. (Ps 107:1)

Living for The Day,

Rick & Shari