Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our Grandson Born on Christmas Eve

Last Christmas Eve was a great deal different than this Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve 2007 my husband had just been released from the hospital after going through the first round of chemo. This Christmas Eve God gave us a wonderful gift....our second grandson, Luke. He is so handsome. Isn't it just like God to make everything better? "For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods," Psalms 135:5.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What a Difference One Year Makes

Last December we were just learning that Charlie had lymphoma. Fears and uncertainties invaded our hearts at a time when we should have been anticipating Christmas. Most of you that are reading this know that after 6 rounds of chemo and then a stem cell transplant Charlie is in remission and doing quite well. This December he is working 50 hours/week. We are enjoying the Christmas season. Our second grandchild will be born around Christmas day or soon after. Will cancer again invade our home? Only God knows. We are trying very hard to enjoy today. Isn't that all anyone really has? God has been so good to us and we want everyone to know. About two days ago, while reading my Bible in the book of Mark, a certain verse stood out to me. Mark 5:19 says, "Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee." Jesus had just healed a man that was demon possessed. Of course, that wasn't my husband's case, but the same God that did miracles with this demon possessed man can also heal my husband in 2008. The reason I write this post---The Lord hath done great things and has had compassion on the Gieseler family.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cancer- A Detour in Life

A few days ago we received a newsletter from the The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Included in the newsletter was a story about a 16 year lymphoma survivor. This man says that he looks at his cancer journey as a detour in life. I needed to read this because sometimes I can worry about my husband's future or more accurately, my future without my wonderful husband. God used this man's story to remind me that HE (God) is in control and HE (God) knows what HE is doing. God is good ALL the time.

"O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave; thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit," Psalm 30: 2-3.