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the first of July


Beth holds everything in place while her mom ties her wedding dress

Beth holds everything in place while her mom ties her wedding dress

Life is often marked by soaring highs and sobering lows.  Sometimes both extremes take place simultaneously.

July 1st was one of those days for the Wilson family.

As many of you know, Beth’s sweet mama, Paula Kirby, was diagnosed with a unique form of cancer this past May.  It was on the first day of July that she began six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. 

We knew weeks in advance that we could expect to experience a low day that day.  We had no idea, however, that July 1st would also be a day of tremendous celebration and exaltation in the kindness of God.

As Paula found herself in the doctor’s office, being tattooed with small blue “x” marks to guide the radiologist’s treatment, Beth was in a doctor’s office of her own, being examined and informed that she was indeed 7 weeks pregnant.

That day Beth was able to call her mom while she was still in the hospital and tell her that, in his great providence, God had elected to overlap these two life-changing moments.  She was able to share news that was of profound encouragement to Beth’s mom.  

We thank God that his timing is perfect, that he is the giver of tremendous gifts.

Today, we want you to join us in giving thanksgiving to God for another tremendous gift that has been given.

Just as Beth called her mom with good news on July 1st, today Paula was able to return the favor by calling Beth to tell her that the tumor is gone.

The cancer is gone.

Such good news, such gratefulness to our loving and sovereign God.

Before wrapping up this post, allow me to request a moment (or more) of your prayer for Mama K.  The doctors have told her that the tumor is gone, but she experienced discomfort during her exam that necessitates further follow up by her oncologist.  Pray that the discomfort was merely tender scar tissue or agitated tissue, nothing more.

To hear more from Mama K, check out her blog.


Mama K, Holly Chism, Beth

Mama K, Holly Chism, Beth

  1. September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Glory to God!! Praise Him for such awesome news!! I am so excited for you guys and for Paula!!!

    *Please photoshop me out of that picture. I am making a horrible facial expression.

  2. September 25, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Thank you!!

  3. September 25, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Wow. Good to hear. What an undeserved gift! We’ll pray.

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