“Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us”

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” (I Samuel 7:12)

We received news today. Results of my blood work and pathology on the tissue biopsied.

My liver enzymes and tumor markers in my blood were normal.

My pathology showed that this is colon cancer NOT metastasized breast cancer.

My doctor’s words: “These signs together are encouraging and you have reason to be hopeful that the cancer is contained.”

“Here I raise my Ebenezer.”

God is our hope. Our only hope.

And He has given us glimpses of hope that this may not be the worst it could be.

“Here I raise my Ebenezer.”

Three cancers.

Yes, y’all. This would be the THIRD different type of cancer in my body. (What is UP with that?!)

And He has brought me through it.

“Here I raise my Ebenezer.”

We are still grieving.

We are still hurting.

We are still fearful.

We are still dreading.

We are still crying out in desperation.

We are still begging God for miracles.

But we are hopeful.

And we are raising our Ebenezer. Our Stone of Help. Our proclamation of faithfulness. Our clinging to everlasting covenant.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
hither by Thy help I’ve come.
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God.
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
(~Robert Robinson)

18 responses to ““Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us””

  1. Carrie Butler Avatar
    Carrie Butler

    So glad that the results were encouraging. Praying continuously for healing and for peace, joy, strength, courage, and endurance for you, Brian, and the kids as you face this path and battle. Love to you.


  2. I am so grateful for this news of hope…and begging God for miracles.

    I’ve been thinking of the passage that Ken preached on, on Sunday, where God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham asked God to spare them if He found a specific number of believers there. And Abraham kept lowering that number and asking God to spare them. I also think of the story of the woman who was so persistent that her desire was met. I am praying the same way.


  3. “Though I ‘walk through’… Surely goodness and mercy shall ‘chase me’…” Even into today!

    So thankful for glimpses of His goodness. His mercy. Him.

    Hope: Remembering the realities that I don’t see in the midst of those I do see.

    Joining alongside to raise the Stone of Help and proclaim His faithfulness. “Morning by morning new mercies…”

    Continuing in fervent prayer and constant love!!


  4. Angie, thanks so much for your comment on Waverly’s blog. Yes, our stories are different, but we can understand so much more and empathize better with others now as a result of what we’ve been through just these past few months. I have been praying for you especially in the mornings and evenings, as I know that’s when I tend to struggle the most. I am praising God with you for this piece of not-as-bad news (can it be called good news?). And I am also praying for you as you continue in this journey as I know it is still scary, unknown, etc. “Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.” May He seal your hearts with His love, comfort, and peace today…


  5. Angie, we and Trinity Church are and will be praying for you and your dear family as you endure yet another serious trial with your health.



  6. Leah Kirkpatrick Avatar
    Leah Kirkpatrick

    This is so good to hear. Praying for more glimpses of God’s mercy.


  7. Melissa Bruining Teeter Avatar
    Melissa Bruining Teeter

    Praising God aloud through tears (“are you alright?” says my hubby!). Yes and amen. Now praying you do not need chemo (is this a possibility?) and so, so thankful this was found CONTAINED! Prayers continue. Love to you.


  8. Debbie Bennetch Avatar
    Debbie Bennetch

    Thankful for the hope and still praying for mercy! Thankful that God has given you eyes to see hope in the midst of suffering.

    We love your family!


  9. Encouraged for you. Praying fervently still. We love you.


  10. thankful for the “good” news but still praying for His healing. My brother was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer within the past week and a half and I was stunned to pop in here and find the words “mass” and “colon cancer” as well. Please know that as I pray for him and his daughter, I will be praying for you and your family as well.



  11. We are praying for you guys


  12. Angie, we’re praying for you 🙂


  13. Praising the Lord for this bit of good news! God is our hope and our comfort! We continue to pray with you and for you. Blessings & love


  14. So thankful for this encouraging bit of news. Praying BIG things for you!


  15. Still praying for you! Glad to hear your news was encouraging. I love you!


  16. Oh I just found out. I am praying for you and your family and feeling your hurt. Praying and begging for miracles too.


  17. Oh Angie!

    I received word this weekend from Ida and we have been praying for you and Brian and the children and thinking of you all weekend!

    What can I say to you, who are already such a brave, strong, faithful, loving woman? I am grateful that some of all of our prayers have been heard and the initial results inspire hope.

    We know you will get through this and I can see in this post that you are pulling together and gathering your strength for this next battle. We are here with you, too, in faith and strength.

    I wish I could be with you in person to give you and the kids big hugs and do whatever you need to have done.

    As you begin planning for the next steps, let me know what you need and I can hop on a plane and help if you need someone there. I do dishes, clean, care for kids, knit, paint rooms, help with homework, and cook, and anything else you need, I can figure out how to do!


  18. Angie, so sorry to hear about everything. I saw you said they did BRCA testing, but have you spoken to a cancer geneticist? The director of the program I’m in specializes in cancer genetics; email me if you want me to get a recommendation for someone in your part of the country.


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