Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shine, Jesus, Shine...

I've been typing and backspacing this sentence for the last ten minutes, trying to say it in a way that's different from me just coming out and telling you all that my uncle Clay has cancer.

But there you have it.

He was diagnosed a little over a month ago, and he put week two of chemo in the books yesterday.  

This cancer stuff is heavy, friends, and my heart keeps breaking for my sweet aunt and uncle.  These two have been a huge part of my life since I was a little girl, begging them to let me come stay the night so we could cook stir fry in their wok.  They've both always gone above and beyond to make an impact in my life and in the lives of everyone around them, and watching them have their world flipped upside down this way has been excruciating.  

But God is already working big things in the midst of their struggle.  The cancer is very treatable, and the prognosis is much better today than it was when they first found the mass that is compressing his aorta and doing damage to his kidney.  

They've both been so faithful and steadfast and so quick to give Him whatever glory can be found in this storm.  Uncle Clay has made "shine, Jesus, shine" his mantra, and he is making himself less so that God can be more -- a true feat given that my uncle is a very tall man. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to solicit your prayers for my sweet family once again.  You are always so faithful in your encouragement, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

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Alright, Jesus.  Our eyes are on You.  Come on and shine.

5 comments:

The Tale of Three P's said...

Love the mantra. Lots of prayers. God is mighty!

Jessie said...

Oh, wow. You and your family are inspiring. Many hugs and prayers!

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

I'm so sorry, friend. Praying and wishing for your uncle, aunt, and you.

Joy said...

Praying for your uncle My grandmother was told she has cancer a week ago today, but she's too weak for treatments or surgery.

MKLackey said...

Heavy is a good word for it. And I wish that no one has to deal with it. Praying for your family!

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