Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dear Friends and Family,

This is kind of long, but please read to the end!

As you know, Darrell was rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery last Wednesday morning. The surgery was to remove a mass/tumor found in his colon. We had several potential diagnoses during the time Darrell was in the hospital. Finally, however, our doctor called us at home today (Tuesday) and gave us the final pathology results. Darrell was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Although that sounds scary in the natural- to me, it already shows the hand of God in turning Darrell’s health situation around. The original diagnosis of advanced stage colon cancer was much more severe and “final”. Lymphoma is the most curable by medical standards than the other two potential scenarios the doctor had given me. Personally, I believe the original diagnosis was correct and God has already begun a healing process in Darrell’s body.

Darrell will be going for a beginning battery of tests to help the doctors gather the information necessary to begin a course of chemotherapy treatments. Evidently, he will begin chemo as soon as possible because lymphoma is a very aggressive cancer. As many of you know, we protected Darrell from this news until we had the final pathology report. This evening, as soon as we had the report, we did reveal the diagnosis to Darrell. He was understandably upset since it was new to him. However, we want all of you to know where we stand regarding this diagnosis. The physical part of this situation is the less important part to us. The most important is that we feel God has revealed to us the significant spiritual battle we are in. We feel that as the enemy is bound from Darrell and this situation, God’s desire and ability to heal Darrell is on its way.

The most important part of this e-mail follows. The night of Darrell’s surgery, my sister, Sheila had a spiritual dream that I believe gave us insight into the actual battle. Please read the following:

April 19, 2006
I asked the Lord to give me a message he wants for Darrell. I proceeded to search the scriptures but received nothing from the Lord. However, that night I had a dream, which I believe is from God. I believe he asked me to write this down:

Far in the distant sky I saw from the east to the west an expansive line of something that looked like white storm clouds. The clouds were high up in the horizon. I could see flashing (as in light hitting metal) and movement but no sound. It mystified me, as to what this really was.

Suddenly the Lord appeared to me in the foreground. He was not Jesus the “Good Shepherd” he was Jesus, the “Warrior”, mounted on a battle horse. My impression was the horse was white and had wings. The horse appeared to be restless as if he was ready to move ahead.

I asked Jesus about the flashing storm clouds to help me understand. Jesus said, “These are my angels”. I wondered about the meaning of the angels, and he answered by reminding me of the verse during his arrest in the garden saying:

Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53

I was still confused about the angels, because I thought I was really seeking His word on healing and did not understand what angels had to do with healing. At the same time, I was given the impression that heaven was ready for a battle, but no action had yet been taken (or the battle cry had not sounded). It was obvious that Jesus was the leader of those ready to do battle and then Malachi 4:2 came to my mind, which says:

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.

I still did not understand about the angels and healing, but Jesus reminded me of Psalm 91:11-12 which says:

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone

I was also given the impression that the heaven’s were waiting on someone to start the battle. In the morning when I woke I read the remaining text of Psalm 91, which says:

Because he (Darrell) loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he (Darrell) acknowledges my name. He (Darrell) will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.

I believe the Lord is waiting for us to call him to warfare. When we do, he will come with his armies to overcome the evil one.

So, friends and family we love you and appreciate your kindness, prayers and support of Darrell and our family. The main thing we ask from you is that you continue to stand with us in binding the enemy from this situation. Beyond that, of course, we covet your prayers for healing and wholeness for Darrell’s body. We want you to know that we have confidence and peace.

Matthew 16:19

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.


Cheryl and Tom Brown said...

Darrell and Cindy:

I am keeping in touch through the girls and Amanda because I KNOW how many calls you guys are getting. Just know that you are in our daily prayers and thoughts through all this. I hope you still have a copy of the book that ya'll gave us many, many years ago - God Calling, because you need to get it and START READING it again, especially on April 19, then continue through that whole week and on. GOD IS SO GOOD and HIS WORDS are ALWAYS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED!!! I am in awe of how perfect HIS TIMING is in our lives. I needed HIS WORDS again too in differect areas of my life and through all this HE has opened my eyes to HIS TIMING in things. HE IS SUCH A GOOD GOD - I love HIM and TRUST HIM TOTALLY. Keep in touch, Love, Cheryl and Tom

Cheryl and Tom said...

Darrell and Cindy: We are keeping up with things through the girls and Amanda because I know you are getting tons of calls. We just wanted you to know that you are in our prayers and we KNOW that GOD has control of this situation. I hope you still have that book "God Calling" that you gave us many, many years ago because you need to get it out and start reading on April 19 and then continue on. God's timing of HIS WORD to us is ALWAYS PERFECT! He has once again reminded me of HIS TIMING in my life. GOD IS SO GOOD and Cindy, we WILL stand on HIS WORD throughout all this. He has perfect plans for us and that is what we are all longing for. Love, Cheryl and Tom

Anonymous said...

Hey my sweet brother Darrell. I miss our morning talks. I love you and hope to see you soon. Tracey