Please Pray for My Mother

My mother, Jo Ellen, is among the most unselfish people I’ve ever known. She lives for others—her husband, her three sons, her 16 grandchildren, her brothers and sisters, her church family, her constant house guests, and on and on. Right now she could use your prayers.

Mom is a survivor of breast cancer, by God’s grace. She has side effects in her arm as a result of the treatment, but she’s been generally healthy for the last eight years. Last week, however, she went in for a routine eye exam and mentioned to her doctor that she’s been seeing a shadow of sorts at the bottom of her left eye. Her doctor noticed a small growth in the eye and sent her to a retina specialist. The specialist ran a battery of tests yesterday, which revealed that Mom has a pea-sized, malignant growth in her eye. He’ll be speaking with her oncologist to determine the best course of action. Our prayer that it’s a new cancer, localized and treatable, not a metastasis of the original cancer.

Mom and Dad are demonstrating the same confidence in Christ that has maintained them through years of marriage, four church plants, and various trials. The Lord will do what’s best, we know. We’re praying for healing for her body, grace and peace for our hearts, and glory for our Lord. Please pray along with us.

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12 Responses

  1. Chris,

    You and your mother have our love and our prayers.

    Straight Ahead my brother!

    Joel Tetreau

  2. Chris,

    My family and our church family are praying for your mother. My mother-in-law is still recovering from breast cancer having just finished chemo and radiation. May the Lord grant you His grace, love, and everlasting arms.

    Praying for you and your mother,
    Matt Black and family

  3. We’ll be praying for your mom!

  4. Chris,

    I’ll mention this to our church family tomorrow. They will be particularly interested because I have introduced you to them via your hymns.

    Those of us who have Christian moms who love God have the unique privilege of watching Mary-like saints take what comes to them from the hand of God with sweet, holy, feminine resignation: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

    That mixes worship and confession in with our petitions.

  5. We’re praying for your Mom and family.

  6. I am praying, and will enlist the ladies on my monthly email list as well. My mom recently lost the sight in her left eye, and has macular degeneration and a cataract in her right. She is only a “baby” in the Lord. These ladies could knowingly pray for one another.

    What a sweet photo.

  7. Chris,

    We are praying for your mom. May God be glorified through it all.

    Your friend,

    Frank Sansone

  8. Deut. 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

    “Thou he slay me, yet will I trust in HIm.

    Be asssured of our prayers on your mothers behalf to God who is Sovereign in everything.
    John

  9. Thanks so much for your prayers. I’ll give an update when one is available—hopefully soon.

  10. No word yet from Colorado. Mom has a full body scan today, followed by other tests tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers!

  11. […] Posted on February 2, 2009 by Chris Good news from Colorado! My mother (who was diagnosed with a cancer in her eye just over a week ago) met her with her oncologist today. Last week’s full-body scan, bone […]

  12. We will be praying for God’s will for your Mother’s eyes.

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