Yesterday we received a call from our daughter in Florida, Rachél Thompson, regarding her husband, Jared. He was just diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.
Jared recently had a tonsillectomy. They both, as well as the doctor, had a feeling there was more to this than a normal surgery. A biopsy was performed from the tonsils and they received the results yesterday.
Rachél and Jared are upbeat and positive. There is no evidence of the Lymphoma spreading anywhere else in the body. But he will soon begin both radiation and chemotherapy treatments. We are confident in a good outcome.
While this news is disconcerting, there is much to feel good about. The Lymphoma was discovered in the very early stages. Jared will be treated at one the finest cancer hospitals in the nation, The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He is young and in good health.
But there is more. Rachél and Jared are good people. God’s people. People of faith. People of prayer. And they have a community of Christians in the Tampa area that will be praying for them. Encouraging them. Blessing them.
So I have a personal request for the readers of ThePreachersWord around the world. Please lift up Jared in your prayers before the Father’s throne. The Bible teaches us to pray when we are sick (Jas 5:13-15). Indeed “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
We often say “there is power in prayer.” Actually the power is in the Almighty God we serve. Prayer is the conduit to His throne of grace and mercy. We believe HE is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we think or ask” (Eph 3:20).
April 25th will mark Jared and Rachél’s second wedding anniversary. Aside from the obvious prejudice of a doting father, they are a wonderful couple, perfect for each other. We pray they will enjoy many years and a long life together. We pray God’s richest blessings on them. And we pray for Jared to have a complete, total and cancer-free recovery.
Thank you for reading this very personal post. And thank you for your prayers.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman