“I Have Good News”

The night of Jenny’s surgery, as she fell asleep in her hospital bed practically tangled in wires and IV lines, I read to her from The Lord of the Rings.  That book is about a number of things, but one of the major themes is of a journey through the dark, without knowing exactly where you are going, holding on to hope, and then coming out the other side.

This morning we got a call from the pathology lab.  ” Can I talk to Jenny?  I have good news.”  said the voice on the other end.  The news was this: The cancer has not spread.  There is no sign of invasion or aggression.  This despite early indications of “micro invasion” on the scan and a “suspiciously swollen” lymph node.  Many of you have prayed fervently and faithfully for Jenny, and continue to do so.  I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.  However, the word at the Ballard house is “Praise God!”

Jenny is now on the mend (though she still has two surgeries in front of her), and can look forward to what should essentially be a full recovery, though she will carry both the memory and marks of cancer for the rest of her life.  Much of that will be difficult, but much of it is (no doubt) intended for our good and for our salvation.  It is a common cliche that “time heals all wounds,” but I do not think that is true… not in this age of the world.  Tolkien said of Frodo’s wound in The Lord of the Rings,

The evil…cannot wholly be cured, nor made as if it had not been.

“…nor made as if it had not been.”  That strikes at something more like the truth I think.  We see it in the scars that Christ still bears after his Resurrection, and if we stop for a moment, we see it in our own lives.  We must all carry the wounds and scars that life gives us, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.  But I have good news, we carry them in hope that, just like Frodo, we will one day

smell a sweet fragrance on the air and hear the sound of singing  coming over the water.  And the grey rain-curtain turns all to silver glass and is rolled back, and we behold white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.

Almighty God and heavenly Father, we give you humble thanks because you have been graciously pleased to deliver from her sickness your servant Jenny, in whose behalf we bless and praise your Name. Grant, O gracious Father, that she, through your help, may live in this world according to your will, and also be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


~ by jdballard on March 20, 2012.

9 Responses to ““I Have Good News””

  1. Praise God indeed! What wonderful news and an answer to many prayers.

  2. Hallelujah!!!!

  3. What fitting news for the 1st day of Spring. hallelujah!! Indeed

  4. Oh, it’s beautiful news. Thanks be to God!

  5. Thanks be to God! We also thank you, Jason and Jenny, for being such an example for all of us through this painful time in your lives. Our love, Bill and Edith

  6. Praises to our glorious Healer!

  7. Praise our Heavenly Father! Loved hearing your wonderful news!
    Charlotte Edwards

  8. Thanks be to God. What wonderful news. As always you are in our hearts and prayers. Bob and Becky

  9. I am so happy! Thank you for sharing Jason. Praise the Lord!

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