The Finish line

The diagnosis

The battle began late spring. The words stung as we heard her say them, “Breast cancer”.  Everything after that went very fast. The surgery, test results, chemo, side effects, more tests and then radiation. Her life was all mapped out for her, each day, each moment.   She took on the task of getting through these unbelievable hard days, with grace. She never complained. She always had a smile on her face and a hug to share when she saw you. She sent her daughter off to college in the midst of this journey, with a mamas heart of love and concern. She has loved her sons from afar as they are both out of town.  Her sweet Robert, a constant by her side, is there for her each day.

Happy Birthday  Emily 

She celebrated her birthday with friends on her front porch with the usual head dress that is so common after chemo. She looked beautiful.  Hymns were sung and prayers lifted up for her that day on her front porch, and He radiated through her.  She embodied what He tells us to do. Her trial and journey  has not been easy. She has been an inspiration to all who have had the privilege to walk with her during this season.  God has been her comfort, His words, her armor.

“So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. Isaiah 41:10

“The sufferings of this present time are not worth to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us? Romans 8:18

God can take the worst life brings and turn it into something good if you put your trust in Him. He is in the business of turning chaos into a masterpiece when we turn our life over to Him.

The Finish Line

The finish line has always been a date in the future to strive to get to. Each battle, crossed off and another one started. But today is different. Today is the finish line she has been looking for. Surgery, done. Chemo, done……. and now…. radiation, done!!!  Today is the last day of her radiation. What celebration is in store for sweet Emily today.  A day of rejoicing indeed.

Today, I am thankful for our sweet friend. Thankful that He has been with her each step and has given her hope that through this journey, He is at the finish line. He has planned her life and she has done this season well.

Prayer for Emily

Lord, we thank you for Emily and her life. We thank you for how You have been there with her and have given her strength and courage to walk this path for you. We thank you for how she shines for You even on the darkest days of her journey. We boldly ask you to continue to protect her, heal her and give her new strength daily as she continues this life you have planned for her.