Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The God of All Comfort

Sarah and I had a good day doing some crafts and reading and playing. She only threw up once and was just a bit tired and 'nausie'. It was a bit emotional today though as the little 3 year old next to Sarah got her head shaved. With the language barrier, we aren't able to carry on many in-depth conversations with the parents, and Sarah isn't able to do that with the other kids either. But we try our best and mostly just smile and nod a lot. So today when the nurse put the little girl next to Sarah in a chair and put towels on her shoulders and started up the electric clippers, Sarah and I were a bit shocked. We didn't know this was coming and we couldn't understand why they were doing it. It took several minutes for the nurse to shave off all the long, dark hair while the little girl just sat with a scared, sad face. All I could do was try and keep in my tears as I silently cried behind my doctor's mask. Sarah looked on with such compassion and sympathy and kept asking, "Why are thy doing that to her beautiful hair?" When it was all over, her father picked her up and put her back in her crib as she whimpered a little. I finally collected myself enough to find a somewhat English-speaking nurse so I could ask why they did that. The nurse said something about the hair staying dirty and falling out too much and they can't keep her chest catheter clean. She has been on chemo for 6 months.
Sarah thought she was next and I told her that it isn't something we will be doing any time soon and probably never.
We are in desperate need of God's strength to live each day and this trial for us has helped to remind us of that all the more. I pray that that God of all comfort will bring comfort to Sarah so that she might help in comforting the little one that sleeps in the bed next to her tonight and that this little one would know the love of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.


April said...

I wish I could get through one blog entry without crying, but I can't. And I just put on my makeup too. Praying those around you can see Jesus through sweet Sarah. I know they can see that she shines, they just don't why yet, darn language barrier. Continuing to pray. Love ya'll.

Claire said...

Just want to send you my love Anne. You guys are doing an amazing job and in the midst of it all keeping us so well up to date. Thank you so much. I will keep praying for Sarah and your family. Love Claire Dauncey xo

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