Many of you know that Monday morning, Bennett had a CT scan to get a better picture of how much he is improving. The scan went fine and he didn’t even have to be sedated! But with the major snow storm that hit Memphis , St. Jude was understaffed that day and we had to wait a LONG time before we got any results back. Once we did finally sat down with our doctor, she said, “ok…y’all have been waiting a long time…so enough small talk…let’s talk about the scan!” Yes…let’s talk about that scan!
They saw some very encouraging things that we want to share. First, the tumor is SMALLER! They did not give us a number or percentage of how much smaller because we still have a long way to go. But it is shrinking and we are finally headed in the right direction. The other good news is that his liver itself is smaller which means the swelling has decreased and it’s getting healthier. All his liver function numbers are really improving as well. For example, his bilirubin is 1.1!
Some of you may also remember that there are some spots on his lungs as well. Well, the scan showed us some mixed news about the lungs. First off…some of those spots are completely gone! Some other spots are smaller, some are unchanged…but one is also bigger. They saw on the scan that it looks like it has grown about a millimeter since his last scan a number of weeks ago. As soon as our doctor told us this, Megan and I looked at each other and thought the exact same thing, “Ugh…I haven’t been praying for the lungs!” So that is one of our major prayer requests. We need to be praying for his WHOLE body. We are actually going to begin on Wednesday praying for a different part of Bennett’s body each day. We will probably do this for at least a week and if you want to pray with us, make sure you join our new Facebook group for Bennett. That’s where we will be posting the “body part of the day”. You can click here to join it.
So for now…we are praying hard and the doctors are working their plan. He had another round of chemo last night and they are holding off doing more radiation for a while. Since his liver is healthy enough to finally get a full dose of chemo, they are going to give him a break from radiation. The experimental drug trial that we have mentioned before is actually running late being opened. So this give us more time to see what the higher doses of chemo will do.
As you join us praying for Bennett this week, I also want to share with you story that a good friend texted Megan Sunday night. In 1 Kings 18, we see God bring an end to a three year long drought. During these three years, God used the drought as a platform for Elijah to do ministry from and even gave him the ability to speak directly to King Ahab. I want us to pick up at the end of this story in verse 41, where Elijah begins telling everyone that rain is coming.
“Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!” So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.”
The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.”
Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”
And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”
The thing Megan and I loved about this verse the most is that Elijah never lost faith that a mighty rainstorm was coming. Even when he had to send his servant to go look seven times…he still believed. And when the servant only saw a tiny cloud, he continued to believe God for the rain. Megan and I see the good news we have gotten recently as if it were that tiny cloud off in the distance. It’s evidence that prayer is moving God to work. We must trust Him and continue to pray as Elijah did as we wait for that mighty rainstorm of healing to come Bennett’s way! Join us and don’t forget your umbrella…’cause we know that the rain is coming!