I have not shared a medical update for a while now. I am still continuing on my weekly chemo that I began back in July. We know it is controlling my cancer, keeping it from growing and spreading. My oncologist thought we should take a week off from my normal Friday treatments to help my body recoup in November. I enjoyed the benefit of more energy for a weekend trip to see family for Thanksgiving festivities! But by Monday all of my cancer spots had noticeably grown! I went in on Tuesday to get my chemo and everything stopped growing again. I have continued on my weekly treatment ever since. We are still hoping and praying this chemo will shrink my cancer spots. We are so thankful that it is keeping the cancer under control and not allowing it to grow or spread! Thank you all for your continued prayers!
I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas celebrating Jesus’ birthday as out family did! Our church ministry has given us many opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus with many in the Bennington Community! Here are a few of our activities: 1)We made cards to give residents and sang Christmas Carols at a retirement community in Bennington, 2)we made ornaments with verses from throughout the entire Bible pointing to Christ as our Savior for our Christmas tree displayed at Bennington’s Festival of Trees, where our Church Kid’s Choir was also able to sing and play Christmas songs for those attending the Festival, and 3)we made Christmas cards and goody bags and went Christmas Caroling on Christmas Eve to some families in our community. We are so thankful for these opportunities to share the good news of great joy during the Christmas Season!
Eric’s Christmas Sermon was about this message as presented in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God’s love for each of us is so amazing! If you have ever wondered what John 3:16 means to you or want to take a refreshing look at this well-known verse phrase by phrase, you can listen to the sermon A rEVOLution is Born online at www.BenningtonBaptist.com. Ever since High School, one of my favorite songs this time of year has been “O Holy Night”. We would sing this song to begin our Winter Vocal Concert at school every year. I remember entering the back of the dark auditorium carrying my lit candle and singing my alto part as each choir member proceeded slowly down one of the four aisles and up onto the stage to our places. There was something almost magical about the darkness and stillness being flooded with candlelight on all sides and this beautiful crescendoing song telling about the Hope for all the world! Can you picture it? Can you imagine a full choir dramatically harmonizing the various parts of “O Holy Night”? Think about the words of the last verse: “Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother. And in His name all oppression shall cease.” What precious hope we can have in Jesus! When we accept His gift of love, He gives us peace! We can rest in the knowledge that He will break the chains of sin that hold us and all oppression will cease! Won’t you accept His gift of hope to you today? Do not be unbelieving, but believe!