Please pray for Don. He has been in a great deal of pain since going back into the hospital on Friday June 15. This morning he also was feeling nausea. Today they will do a CT scan of his liver to try to figure out what is going on there. To minimize his pain he lies still much of the time; movement aggravates the pain.

Right now Don is close to the bottom of the roller coaster after being at such a high point right after the surgery last Wednesday. Thanks for the posts on the blog, and the emails to him. Those are a great encouragement to him. Keep sending them please.

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10 Comments so far

  1. Buzz Leonard on June 19, 2007 12:13 pm

    Brother you are in our prayers more than ever. “The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.” (Psa 29:11). May His peace provide the rest you need today.

  2. Nikki Davidson on June 19, 2007 1:26 pm

    Hi Don,

    We’ve been following your whole journey with our girls, but finally took the time to “subscribe” so that we could express that we are WITH YOU during these more challenging days. We love you.

    Nikki and Andy Davidson

  3. Todd M. Nelson on June 19, 2007 1:36 pm

    Dear Don (and family) –

    What a roller coaster, indeed.

    It dawns on me that a roller coaster is quite interesting and exciting. With all its ups and downs, the quanitity of track in its confined 3 dimensional space, greatly exceeds the track used by a train within the same 2 dimensional space. Perhaps this is a little like our life and journey? Yours sure is like a big, full and exciting Grand Roller Coaster. Just think too, perhaps, about the full range of emotions and all the people who are smiling, laughing, crying and simply feeling the life blood pump strongly through their hearts.

    Amen! Brother Don, you are much loved.


  4. Jake on June 19, 2007 3:44 pm

    Thank you for honestly sharing your pain and suffering with us. I am encouraged by the Spirit of God working in your life. I can not imagine the pain Jesus suffered or the pain you are suffering. I will not lie and pretend I wish I could take it for you. I am not that selfless. Just last week I tore part of my fingernail off my finger when a softball took a funny bounce. When I was trying to sleep that night but could not because of the throbbing I was wishing it was someone else on the team that got the bad bounce and was losing sleep.
    I share this only to point out the incredible love Jesus has in that he voluntarily took on the ultimate pain and suffering because he loved us. I would not even voluntarily take the bad bounce for my teammates.
    I can’t understand your pain and honestly hope I never have to experience it. But our God CHOSE the suffering to save us.

    I know you know this but I want you to know that God is using you to remind selfish people like me of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us.

    I thank you again for being a great man of God and mentor for me. I am praying that God would quickly ease your pain.

    Jake Chambers

  5. scott hightower on June 19, 2007 3:52 pm

    Don (and Heather and boys)

    We are saddened that you are experiencing this pain and nausea, and want you to know that we pray for you daily—twice a day!

    Your faith and love of God and trust in Him are all such a witness to many, many people.

    We pray for God’s peace, comfort and healing touch. Keep hanging in there—hanging on to His hand that is

    We love you,

    Scott and Betty

  6. anitabraker on June 19, 2007 6:06 pm

    Don – I am so sorry to hear you are in pain right now. I am praying for your roller coaster car to take off up-hill again really soon.

  7. Javier Tola on June 19, 2007 6:38 pm

    Don Don
    Dear brother
    I love you

  8. abdoulaye sarr on June 19, 2007 7:13 pm

    My brother ,my friend.
    You are in our prayers every day,i wish i knew what tomorrow hold but who am i?
    God knows and HE is patient and his miracles work in a very strange way.
    I have trust in the LORD and i know HE will answer our prayers so dont worry Don God is with you and you will be fine.
    We love you brother .

  9. stan on June 19, 2007 11:33 pm

    Feel your pain, Don and also the price/ virtue of Patience..hang on in there…in addition to pray, more prayers from us ….we’ll chat & bargain with the Lord on the situation……from our vintage point, “improve”……

    and from today’s Oswald Chamber piece;

    A Deep Dependence

    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. —2 Corinthians 3:5

    As followers of Christ, we have a resource that even Superman could never claim. In our relationship with God, we find a sufficiency for life that can overwhelm our inadequacies and enable us to live victoriously. This was Paul’s encouragement to our hearts when he wrote to the believers at Corinth. He said, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). That makes all the difference in the world.

    Left to ourselves, we will be forced to live with the reality that we can never be adequate to grapple with life. But in God’s strength we find all we need to navigate the storms of life in this turbulent world. —Bill Crowder

    All that I need He will always be,
    All that I need till His face I see;
    All that I need through eternity,
    Jesus is all I need. —Rowe

    experience our weakness to experience God’s strength.

  10. sean dimond on June 20, 2007 12:56 pm

    Man Don… I’ve been there… post-surgery nausea and pain. SO difficult. I’m feeling it with you, understanding that we each bear pain uniquely.

    May the God of all comfort enable you to endure, and may He also comfort those who are struggling seeing you suffer. Christ is Risen.

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