Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hope That Will Not Fail

I have a prayer request for you all. My 83 year old grandfather in GA is not doing well. He fell about three weeks ago and broke his hip. That is now repaired, but there have been many complications to the point that they inserted a feeding tube yesterday. The valve/flap that helps food flow to his stomach and air to his lungs is not functioning. It is stuck and everything is flowing to his lungs. Therefore, any food, liquid or medication would cause very dangerous pneumonia immediately. Hence, the feeding tube. As they inserted the feeding tube yesterday, the Dr found a tumor. It is at the base of his esophagus and just above all of his major organs. They took a biopsy of it and we are now waiting to see if it is cancerous. The Dr seemed to think it will be. If so, they will not be able to operate on it and it will probably be a very fast spreading type that gets into his vital organs quickly. We are all very anxious to hear the test results and there is also much sadness mixed in.

God has been very gracious to me. All of my grandparents, parents and siblings, all of which are Christians, are still living. God has given them as a gift to me for a long time. They have all had a great impact on my life. Now, it looks as if that could begin to change. I suppose I have known this day was coming, but it is hard to prepare for it when it is not reality. Please pray that God would give my parents (who are in GA now) the wisdom to know what to do in caring for Pop and for my Grandmother as well. Pray that we will be focused on the hope of Christ despite the news that comes to us. Pray that God will be honored in the way our family acts and deals with the days ahead. Pray that God would give us joy through our sorrow.

Thank you for your prayers.


Stuart Borders said...

What a great blessing that you have gotten to share life with them for so long. I lost one of my grandfathers when I was 5 and his wife (my Nanny) when I was a Sr. in HS. I will certainly pray for you and your family.

Brandon Porter said...

Thank you, Stuart.