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Debbie Burden -- Praising Hymns
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On May 25, 2003, our 14 year old daughter Beth was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor.
The surgeon scheduled surgery for the following Monday. He assured us that there was only a 5% chance that here tumor could be malignant. Later that day, he called us back to tell us that there were several spots on her lungs that were suspicious. He was afraid that the tumor may metastasized (spread) to her lungs. Beth underwent more tests to confirm his suspicions and the surgery was moved up to Thursday.
On Thursday, we took Beth to the hospital and checked her in for surgery; not knowing what the outcome would be, but trusting God to take care of her. Over 20 friends and family come to support us in the waiting room. When the doctor returned from surgery, he told us that he was successful in removing the 5 pound tumor from her abdomen. The tumor was removed in one piece -- that was good news. The bad news was that the first pathology reports showed that it was malignant. The surgeon also told us that he had put in a "life port" so that she would be able to receive chemotherapy as soon as she had regained her strength.
Beth was brought to a room where she was able to recover for about a week. She then began a week of chemotherapy. We had scores of visitors every day. We asked that every visitor would pray and sing with us. The nurses even began listening in over the intercom. God was extremely good to us in those days, sending people to encourage and sustain us.
Beth was very sick during chemo. Nausea was a constant side effect. After five days of chemo and one day to recuperate, she was allowed to go home. It took about a week for her to get her strength and a week to enjoy, and then we were back in the hospital for a second week of chemo. It was this week that the Psalms were extremely encouraging to me. (Psalm 56:3,4: When I was afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. Psalm 57:1b,7: Yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise.)
Beth was more sick this week than the previous week of chemo. Almost all of hair fell out within 4 days. It took her 2 extra days in the hospital to get enough strength back to go home. She took a week to recuperate and then had a CT scan done so that the doctors could re-evaluate the progression of here cancer.
We had been told that she would need 4-6 rounds of chemotherapy. After a week of resting, we went back to the doctor to check in for the third round and to find out the results of CT scan. Our doctor returned with the reports and said that there were no spots on here lungs and that she would not need any more chemotherapy. She only needs monthly visits to check here blood work. Praise the Lord!
To tell the just this part of Beth's story would be to cheat you out of another whole story -- the story of answered prayer! From the time that we found out about Beth's cancer, we have relied on God to give us strength and wisdom in this situation.
It was not a familiar road to travel. I had to leave my job to stay at home to take care of Beth. Even though our family lost my income, the Lord still used His people to pay our bills. God has even allowed me to get a better job than I had before. God also gave me unusual strength and courage to administer Beth's daily required shots.
We have received E-Mails from people world-wide letting us know that they were praying for Beth and our family. We had visitors every day at the hospital to check up on us, to pray with us, and to encourage us. Many pages could be filled with examples of God's goodness to us. We praise the Lord for all that He has done and is continuing to do in our lives.
God is good -- ALL the time.
This album is dedicated to my family. It is so rare these day to have a Godly close-knit family. I chose these songs with your favorites in mind. God has been extremely good to our family throughout the years. Thank you, Jesus, for ALL you've done. Daddy, I love you. See you soon!
Thanks to the Calvary Quartet. Thank you for pushing me beyond what I thought I was capable of. (You can stop now!) I am looking forward to the next album with great anticipation!
Although most of these songs are familiar to us, sometimes the words get forgotten. My prayer is that these songs will continue to speak to the hearts of that that hear them