Friday, January 9, 2009
Blessed Beyond Belief
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
We had "one of those days" today. Except it was one of those great days that makes you wonder why God is blessing you so much. We won't bore you with all the details, but let us give you some examples.
Many people offered to help us financially (in different ways) during this difficult time. We know this will be a costly struggle, and we have been trying to not let those worries cloud our vision as we focus on getting Tammy back to health. These offers mean a great deal to us.
We found out today that Tammy's co-workers will be allowed to donate unused vacation time when Tammy runs out of available leave. Disability only covers part of her income, so if she can get enough time donated she'll be able to stay on full salary. Several of her co-workers have told her they are willing to help in this way.
Several people began the process to organize bone-marrow drives in different parts of the country. There is a cost to being tested for many people (ethnic minorities are free), but a bone-marrow drive can pool the resources and save some of the costs. Also, some of the efforts are to raise money so that people who want to be tested but can't afford it will be able to do so.
If you want to look into being tested, and therefore added to the international bone-marrow donor registry, go to www.marrow.org. You can find out how to order a testing kit, and can find out if there are any bone-marrow drives in your community. Sometimes it takes a crisis to recognize a need, but we now know that there is a big need for potential donors. If we can be a conduit to raising the number of potential donors, we would be honored.
You may remember a post we made on December 18, when the seriousness of the issues facing us came into much clearer focus. It was on that day that we met with the transplant team at KU Med Center, and they gave us much more detail than we had received previously. We referenced the verses listed above and asked for your prayers so we could remember God's promises. The blessings He flooded us with today were answers to those prayers.