Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Gold Beads...

Mike is home and ready to eat after not having food since last night. A bison burger is on the way. The procedure went very quickly and smoothly this a.m. We left the hospital with Mike walking to the car. Today's difficulty will be trying to keep Mike from working :)

After speaking with the radiation oncologist this morning, we know the radiation treatment is definitely the direction we need to take at this point. The doctors are very hopeful that this treatment will shrink the tumors and Mike will be back in the saddle very soon after the radiation. On Thursday he will have an MRI with a physicist present and Mike will then be fitted for another mask (this one will cover his head and shoulders.) The exacting of the treatment will be figured out and then the actual radiation will take place at the beginning of next week.

Yesterday Mike received a "prayer shawl" which was specifically made for him. It is beautiful and a beautiful sentiment. The note with the shawl said "Shawls...made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusivee, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles..." It is with extreme gratitude that we accept this gift.

We also were participant in a healing meditation with some good friends yesterday. our positive energy was directed at Mike. We were deeply touched by the sentiment of our friends who initiated this exercise with us.

Our optimism is in place. Again you have lifted our arms when they have hung low. We are walking by faith at this point. We will face the next hurdle when it comes. God is good. Thank you for your prayers and concerns.

This morning I read these words to the hymn, "Master the Tempest is Raging"...
Master the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o-er shadowed with blackness. No shelter or help is nigh.
Carest thou not that we perish? How canst thou lie asleep?
When each moment so madly is threatning A grave in the angry deep?
Master, with anguish of spirit, I bow in my grief today.
The depths of my sad heart are troubled. Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish sweep o'er my sinking soul,
And I perish, I perish, dear Master. Oh, hasten and take control!
Master, the torrent is over. The elements sweetly rest.
Earth's sun in the calm lake is mirrored, and heaven's with in my breast.
Linger, O blessed Redeemer Leave me alone no more,
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor and rest on the peaceful shore.

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will: PEACE BE STILL.
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea, or demons or men or whatever it be, No waters can swallow the ship where lies The Master of ocean and earth and sky. They all shall sweetly obey thy will: PEACE BE STILL, peace be still. They all shall sweetly obey thy will, PEACE, PEACE BE STILL.

We are being peacefully still, trusting in the will of our Heavenly Father.


  1. All of the very best to you, Mike, and to your family. Are you hogging all of the spiritual blessings? : )

  2. Nanc,
    Forgot to tell you that those cookies were the best I have ever had. I had many and my family knows I hardly eat cookies at all.
    Wonderful to see you all.


    Hi Mol

  3. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that prayer shawls work. Very powerful.

  4. I've been checking back for news. Thanks for posting. Glad things went well today!

  5. I always knew you were "golden!" The positive news has helped us all rejoice a bit today. God is in control and knows your needs. May He continue to watch over you, Nance, Mom and the rest of the family tonight and always.

    Much love and prayers from the sister and hubby,
    Jan & Wes

  6. Don't you just love the hymns - they are little sermons which can be so uplifting! Of course chocolate is always a bonus :) Hope you are able to have some peace in your hearts as you prepare for the next step.

  7. Those gold beads combined with a tooth filling or two just might make Mike the perfect receiver for WLBC radio. If he starts channeling a DJ you'll know why.

  8. Tom and Pam....you are the BEST!! Channeling a DJ? I am laughing out loud!! Mike and Nancy, amen to the words of the hymn...be peacefully still....each of us be peacefully still.


  9. I was wondering if Mike might start a trend with gold beads...somebody had to with the first gold tooth! There is so much we don't understand about our spirit, I believe there is communication between people on a level other than what our mortal bodies communicate. Our spirits can reach in and re-charge others, I think that's why blessings are done with the 'laying on of hands'. I also think that is why we may know something or feel something about someone many miles away. We pray for you, the kids don't even have to be reminded anymore when it's their turn. I'm sure if we could attach a silver thread to each thought and prayer sent your way we would see a prayer shawl covering your entire home!

  10. Amen! And Amen! You and your blog are an inspiration to all. Heavenly Father is right at your side, is most definitely "wrapping, enfolding, comforting, covering, giving solace, mothering, hugging, sheltering and beautifying," and will absolutely carry you through this every step of the way. Thank you for letting us share this with you. We pray that the two of you will be able to share with all you love for a long, long, long, long, time!