A Good and Perfect Gift

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” — James 1:17

From James:

So Young’s brain tumor is shrinking! We had a follow-up MRI today that seems to show a significant reduction in its size, the first ever since the diagnosis almost a year ago. We pressed Dr. Redmond to quantify it, and she said that if she was forced to guess, she would say that it has been reduced in size by 30%. This is amazing to us. They have been telling us all along that it is unlikely that it would shrink because of the type of tumor (an astrocytoma). I asked Dr. Redmond again today, and she said that it is possible for them to shrink but atypical. The doctors have always said that if it stopped growing, we would be happy with that. But to shrink? And this much? We are flabbergasted. We have prayed for it to shrink but never really expected it to, and certainly not by 1/3 in three months! It seemed like too much to ask or expect.

So thank you for your prayers. And continue to pray! Pray audaciously. Ask that it will go away entirely and that So Young will be completely restored.

As a footnote, they are saying that these are preliminary results and that the official radiologist’s report will be released tomorrow. But this is the first time they have really made a big deal about that report. Even the technician was talking about it as soon as So Young got out of the MRI room. It seems as if they noticed something significant right away. Dr. Redmond then also looked at the MRI itself and confirmed what the preliminary report was saying. They said they will tell us if the final report is any different, but that seems unlikely.

So Young and I are overjoyed, as are the girls and all of our family and friends. I overheard and participated in some very joyous telephone calls today. It shows me just how much those who love us don’t just share in our sadness, but in our high points as well.

This miracle comes as a surprise to us, even as we realize that we have nothing to be surprised about. We asked. Our Father gave. So we won’t stop asking.

We won’t be back at Johns Hopkins until the cold month of January. We’ll be having three-month follow-ups for the next two years. At this rate, with the improvements we are seeing to So Young’s eyesight, she might be able to drive herself there!


17 Responses

  1. Oh James, so amazing to read this! Truly a miracle! Heart soars to read this. 🙂

  2. My God, thank you, this is as good as it gets. I’ve done nothing but think about this wonderful news. I’m so very glad and grateful that our prayers are heard. All of you, sleep tight tonite.

  3. See this is what I’m talking about, God is good ALl the time! My cup overflows!

  4. “We have prayed for it to shrink but never really expected it to”

    Ah, see, that’s where you go forgetting all the cool stuff God does. She said God was gonna lay the smackdown of healing on her head, did she not? Et voila!

    • We’re laughing over here! She’s very proud of that smackdown quote, by the way. She says send her your bib number and email the details because she is ready to party!

  5. Praise the Lord!!!

  6. I am so thrilled by this news! What a blessing. I will continue to pray for total healing for So Young and the family. You have come a long, long way in a year!

  7. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!!! Ephesians 3:20-21.

    I love you, my friend, and I’m overwhelmed by what God is doing in you!!

  8. That is wonderful news! I am thrilled for you SY- God is good all the time. How timely to get this news after a meaningful time of sharing of your testimony.

  9. Amen, and thank you Jesus!!! This is awesome news… We are thinking of you guys here in NC…

  10. What awesome, awesome news :)!!! Praise God for His awesome healing power, for His faithfulness, and goodness! Thank you, Heavenly Father :)! Your amazing testimony, SY, is even more amazing now :)! We will continue to pray for complete healing :)!

  11. Praise God! What awesome news! We are so HAPPY. Thank you Lord for answering prayers.

  12. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! Your prayers have made a difference. If anybody asks you if God has ever answered your prayers, you can tell them that He did, and here’s how!

  13. How are things going? It has been a while since I have seen an update!

    • Hey, Jimmy!

      So Young has been doing well. Her eyesight is volatile right now, fluctuating each day between good and bad, but I consider that a good thing, because it is exactly what happened when the tumor was shrinking by 30% for three months. Other than that, she’s full of more joy and purpose than I have ever seen her. I hope all’s well with you.


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