When hubby and I were in New York City for my son’s kidney surgery last August, we did a lot of walking. We rented an apartment in the West Village for his recovery, and were only about four blocks from the Hudson River, giving us amazing walking access to Lower Manhattan. We visited Trinity Episcopal Church on Broadway at the corner of Wall Street. Trinity is the final resting place of Founder Alexander Hamilton. His grave marker is uniquely expressive–something we seldom see today. On a literature rack in the church foyer, I found a card with a “morning” prayer, and an “evening” prayer, and think you might appreciate them, as I have.The first photo below is from Wikipedia, the others are mine. Also below is an update on my son’s health for all those who have kept my family in their hearts and prayers, have emailed and commented with scriptures and encouragement.
Father, thank your for this new morning and the privilege of beginning the day with You. As today unfolds, give me wisdom to handle every situation I encounter. Let my speech be seasoned with grace and my thoughts pleasing to You. I am grateful to know that regardless of where this day takes me, You will be right there with me. There is no shortage of good things in Your presence.
Help me to live with my mind set on things above so that Your light would shine in my life and Your name would be glorified. Amen.
O satisfy us in the morning with Your loving kindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. ~ Psalm 90:14
Father, as another day comes to an end, I am grateful for all the ways You have provided for me and protected me from harm. I am humbled to know that the One who lit every star in the night sky cares for me.
I ask that You would grant rest to my body and mind, that I would wake up in the morning refreshed and renewed with a heart ready to serve You. Thank You for extending Your wisdom and grace to me today. When I stop to think about Your unconditional love, I am filled with awe. How wonderful it is to know You and find rest in Your arms tonight.
And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” ~ Exodus 33:14
Many of you are aware that my 37-year-old son was diagnosed with Advanced Stage 4 Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell) in June 2014. He works in New York City eight months of the year, so we decided Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital was the best place for treatment. His kidney was removed in August. The cancer had already metastasized to his lungs. Much progress has been made with lung cancer, but he does not have lung cancer, he has Renal cancer in his lungs. Traditional chemotherapy does not work with Renal Cancer, so right now, he is on a drug that targets the blood flow to the tumors. It is a tough drug to take, but he went back to work last October, and so far, his scans have shown diminishment in the size of the tumors.
Like so many young people who endure these terribly aggressive cancers, my son fills me with awe. Over the Christmas holidays, I heard him tell someone that he tries to enjoy every day, and not worry about what he can’t do anything about. He married less than three months before his diagnosis, and has an incredibly strong and committed wife. He is always smiling. He is always kind. He is still ambitious and takes his career seriously. We believe he can be the exception, a survivor who conquers this cruel disease. There is no history of Kidney Cancer in our family. He is the first. Kidney cancer has few symptoms. In fact, the symptoms you think would be so obvious, often are not. I encourage you to read our story, here, and think about what you can do for your children, to avoid going down this path. We could have avoided this terrible time, had we only known. Again, thank you for your prayers and heartfelt caring. I can’t begin to express what it means to us.
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