At the same time we were meeting, a group organized by some of our close friends was meeting at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis (my home church during my youth) to pray for Chloe.
We've always been very self-sufficient and uncomfortable asking for help. Beginning with that first phone call from Chloe's pediatrician back on July 7th it was clear that we could not do this on our own. We've asked for prayer and have received things that we didn't even know we needed, but they've come just as we've needed them.
The act of receiving is difficult. It is so much easier to give. Yet the gifts that we have been receiving have allowed us to focus on the things that matter. We aren't worrying about meals or finances. Instead we can be present to our kids and give them all we can offer at that moment. The gifts remind us that we are surrounded by a community of faith that walks along with us during this most difficult of journeys. We continue to be humbled and grateful to folks who are going above and beyond, in ways that we never expected, like Chloe's Crew.
What can we offer but a humble thank you! Thank you for anticipating our needs before we recognized them ourselves.
Many of you have asked for specific things that you can pray for...
- strength and energy for this journey
- that Chloe's body continues to respond well to radiation and chemotherapy treatments and that side effects are minimal
- acceptance of the schedule we can't control
- one-on-one time with each of the kids, the right words to offer, the right questions to ask
- our marriage, as right now I feel like we're managers of a crazy life rather than partners in a wonderful life
- hope, focus and energy for some dear friends who are also battling cancer
- peace, direction and answers for a special pair of recent seminary graduates who await both a call to ministry and the birth of their first child