i dont know, maybe it's me, but sometimes suffering is embarrassing. when it's prolonged, and so outwardly apparent, and creates so many needs. living through brain injury and brain cancer, and losing someone to brain cancer, and now thinking about a smaller type of cancer, it's another need. another reason for people to pray. another reason for maybe some to think that our faith is too weak. another reason for "i just feel so badly for them." yes, here we are again, friends, needing healing, and relief, and strength.
i don't know what the Bible says about it. ian would say it's just a feeling. but it's there. and i'm sure we're not the first ones to feel it. so that's probably why i want to say it out loud. and i know that it is good for us to be cared for, and prayed for, and to ask for prayer. and i'm sure that somewhere Jesus can satisfy and heal it. but sometimes, it just sits there in our gut.
as for ian's appointment, it may not be cancer, but they will treat it as if it were. we will be scheduled for two outpatient procedures in pittsburgh, so we will just say overnight at a hotel. they will remove the nearest lymph node and have it tested.
thank you, truly, for praying. even if sometimes it feels, embarrassing:)