It's early in the morning and everyone is still sleeping on the 10th floor of the oncology unit at Doernbechers children's hospital. Usually it is pretty quite around here. Most of the kids stay in their rooms for various reasons, but I have met a few from ages 1-18. For the most part this place can be pretty peaceful except when trying to take Lincoln's temperature are 2am. I did hear something I don't want to hear in the room next door, a nurse calling for morphine because the young child was in pain. I would rather hear someone throwing up than needing such a powerful pain reliever for someone so young. Yesterday when news channel 8 was here filming kids receiving costumes I saw some of the happiest faces. When someone shares a gift with the kids who are constantly in their rooms, their faces light up as if they knew they were going home, but even though they aren't they find a moment of joy and new hope and strength to fight cancer. I was talking to a girls dad who was from Salem and she did not want anyone to know about her cancer. I hope to talk to her more about setting up a page or Caring Bridge so she can see how hundreds of people would help her fight this disease. I read about a couple of kids in other hospitals this morning fighting their cancer and sending out the message to pray for miracles. To think that all the kids out there who we never hear about is too much to bear and to think that even today one in this hospital could lose their fight is just as bad. For now though Lincoln and Jenny and I feel the thoughts and prayers of all of you who keep up with us and we thank you. When I say God is on our side, I mean he sends his army of people to support us and when I say God is for us and not against us, its impossible to think that anyone would stand against children with cancer.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? No, in all these things we are More than Conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31, 37-39 NIV)