In less than two months it will be thirty years since my first diagnosis with testicular cancer. The surgery and chemotherapy treatments were extremely harsh and the side effects were immense. The doctors gave me a fairly good prognosis that I would survive but very little hope for being able to father a child after the treatments. God apparently had other ideas.
Margaret and I have been blessed with two wonderful children and the youngest graduated from high school today. That was the prayer I have had ever since our first child was born. "Please God let me live to see them graduate high school." That prayer came to complete fruition today as I watched our son receive his diploma and enjoy the honor of being the Salutatorian of his class.
I hope I have many years to live yet. It would be good to see him graduate from college as well. It would also be good to know that he was eventually gainfully employed after completing his degree. However, I can also utter the words of Simeon, "Now Master, you can let your servant go in peace."
My kids were four and ten years old when I was diagnosed with cancer the second time. They were six and twelve when I had to undergo open heart surgery. This past year has seen my heart repeatedly go into atrial fibrillation. More than once I wondered whether I would live to see this day.
Years ago when I was participating in a support group for families coping with a life-threatening illness someone gave all of us a button to wear. That button simply said, "Expect a Miracle." We walk in faith. We don't know what is in store for us each day, and yet, we trust. Sometimes the miracles come in ways we don't imagine. Other times we can't even see that our prayers have been answered.
Congratulations Joseph on your graduation and the many achievements along the way. Continue to walk in faith and God's grace!