Many of you know how much Becky Lynn Black (a.k.a “Mama B”) means to me and so many at our church and literally throughout the world. Well, I preached a message this past Sunday entitled, “Examination By The King.” The primary “life application” I used? Becky Black. You can watch the message here. Many told me that it was a powerful message.
I wanted to give you an update on Becky. I do so sitting in a dorm room at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. It took all day to get here. Katy and I hopped a plane in Charlotte (thanks for driving us down Mom and Pop) and were to fly to Atlanta on Delta Airlines. It never happened. Mechanical problems. After the disaster in San Francisco with the plane crash a few days ago…well…it was FINE WITH ME! So, we waited until 6:15 for a flight on United Airlines to leave. We’d have a straight shot to Nashville. Once again…more delays. Thunderstorms!! Finally at almost 7 pm we got off the ground.
After greeting the family, I wanted to find out if Becky had heard back from the PET scan done on Monday. Is the cancer still growing? Here’s the answer from Dr. Black’s Blog.
Wednesday, July 17
6:10 PM Good evening, blog readers. Can you believe it’s been almost 4 years since Becky’s cancer diagnosis? We’ve got much to be thankful for. God has allowed her to live a lot longer than anybody was willing to predict when we began this blessed journey. So what’s the latest news? As you know, we had her PET scan on Monday. Today we received the results and it’s clear: Becky’s tumors have dramatically increased both in size and number. What to do now? Attitude is everything. Since ultimate victory over death is certain, we will continue to live hopefully and accept the brokenness of ill health, working with both patience and enthusiasm for the Lord with every breath He grants us. Today her pain was excruciating. So today I’m praying for lots of things: relief, stamina, wisdom, patience as we deal with the health care system, healing, vulnerability. Yes, I want to be vulnerable as I go through this process of losing one’s spouse, and I’m open to any suggestions you might have along the way. One thing I can affirm is God’s presence in the valley of the shadow of death. The mystery of evil is way beyond the ability of my puny mind to comprehend. But God’s Word tells us that He’s always loving and kind and persistent to bless His children even when they doubt and falter. That alone is a great blessing.
Tonight, by the way, Karen has gone to her church in Raleigh and Nigusse is still on campus, which means that Becky and I will have a hot date alone here at the farm. Of course, a big draw is the manicotti Karen prepared for our supper. The best thing, though, is just being in each other’s presence, puttering around the house and trying to live as “normally” as possible. As God’s children we will look to Him in the terror of the night, in the loneliness of pain, in the reality of our finitude and humanity. Becky will continue to pour her life into our daughters. She will dictate letters that Karen and I will transcribe. As her strength permits, she will entertain visitors. (There are so many who just want to love and love and love on her.) This evening, as usual, Becky and I will have our prayer time together, entering into a battle on behalf of friends and loved ones whose problems and challenges are no less serious than our own. We will fight for their souls. We will pray for salvation, healing, restoration, courage and peace, and that their Christian testimonies would be strong in the whole situation.
Have you noticed? There is unparalleled delight in the presence of the Lord. Being under His wings is a wonderful place.
And here’s an update from tonight’s blog entry by Dave…
Thursday, July 18
So I don’t know what the outcome will be for Becky. I am still praying for a miracle, yet I am still pursuing hospice care. We still have to pick out a burial plot. My mind boggles when I see all the new places from neck to hip where Becky’s stubborn cancer cells have migrated and exploded. And I sit here at my computer, wondering when God will call her home, because unless He intervenes miraculously it’s just a matter of time. In the wake of suffering and uncertainty, I somehow am comforted by the knowledge that Jesus is watching from a foreign Shore, looking down at all of Becky’s friends who look past her scars and the cancer to the real Becky. Each of us — Becky, me, you — is called upon to do the work He’s set out for us daily. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today. All we have to do is stop fretting and start thanking Him for His perfect plan.
Please continue to pray for Becky. We all love her dearly!
I will be speaking here at Lipscomb on Sunday morning.
The title of the message? “What the Bible Say About: Dating, Relationships and Marriage.” It’ll be a humdinger because almost ZERO of our current “relationship-making” practices are Scriptural. There are tons of young adults and kids here at the Annie Moses Band Fine Arts Academy. They need to hear this message. What will I offer? I’ll offer them what the Bible says about God’s design for marriage (not the culture). I’ll offer them filet mignon versus bologna. Bologna is fine if you are hungry, but I’ll take filet mignon any day. God’s ways are filet mignon, while man’s ways are bologna (if that).
I’ll keep you posted. By the way, one week from tonight Kandace will be performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
That’s Kandace on the left side of the poster. I’m proud of that girl! Coleman Parrish, who is a member of our church will also participate in the Final Gala at the Opry. Katy is helping with the Drama Track for the Academy.
Clara will be performing on stage at Lipscomb University later this week along with other folks from our church: Kaity Dowell, Maddie Dowell, Sarah Kathryn Dowell, Madison Elmore and Olivia Eller.
Well, time for bed. I’m bushed!
Blessings to you all!