Children ARE a Blessing

Abigail_4 I took this picture last night and posted it from the hospital room where my wife Cheryl and I were visiting dear friends Julie and Abigail Morgan.

Abigail (foreground, her mother directly behind her), a delightfully happy nearly-one-year-old, is now in her eleventh week of hospitalization for acute myelogenous leukemia. Though she turns one next Tuesday she'll be celebrating her birthday at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor rather than at home because she is in the midst of a third round of chemotherapy with a bone marrow transplant scheduled for next Friday.

Please remember Abigail in prayer as she nears this crucial stage of her treatment. And those of us who are part of the CTW family, let's be faithful not only in prayer (for Darren and Eliana as well as Abigail and Julie) but in making the 45-minute drive to Ann Arbor to encourage Julie and Abigail. Abigail and Julie will remain at Mott Childrern's Hospital four weeks after the transplant.


I will remember Abigail in prayer. Thank you for letting us know. "Delight thyself also in the Lord...(Psalm 37)".

Another great Scripture promise is Psalm 46:1: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Pastor David,

I will also pray for my counterparts in the hospital's laboratory. That Abigail's blood work gets done in a timely and accurate manner, and that the technologists are gifted with discernment and a good eye when reviewing her blood smears.

My work is sometimes a terrible burden because it only gets interesting when people get sick. We are occasionally the first to know what the diagnosis is to be.

Lord, please watch over Abigail, her family and all those involved in her care and treatment. Give them steady hands, good eyes, and the knowledge they need to carry out their work.


Amen, Kamilla and Kathryn.

It may be helpful to know that having been a child who endured lots of hospitalization and surgeries for many years, I am thankful for God's goodness to me in giving me those circumstances. He does all things well! I pray that you would see his goodness in what he has given you. Sometimes that sight doesn't come right away - those are opportunities to live by faith, as I am sure you are doing!

With love and prayer,


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