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News from the Lawsons

Posted on: April 18th, 2015 by Christy Jansma

Ian and Connie shared their news via the following letter on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

To our amazing church family,

 

A lot can change in a week. It’s a reminder that indeed “our times are in His (God’s) hands”.

 

For those who don’t know, Connie came to the ER last Sunday with the concern for possible blood clots. After 18 hours there they discovered a fractured hip, the result of a tumour on her femur. On Tuesday we were given the diagnosis of lung cancer. On Wednesday she had a successful hip repair. We are now waiting for the pathology report, and then a prognosis with a treatment plan.

 

Nearly two weeks ago Connie called for the elders of our church to anoint her with oil and pray. Along with prayer for healing, they prayed for clarity to determine the source of the pain she had experienced for the previous 10 weeks. A week later we knew what we were dealing with. While we don’t like the diagnosis, this is an answer to prayer. We are thankful for the brief but rich time with the elders, who watch over our souls.

 

In the past week we have been incredibly blessed by you, our church family. Your text messages, emails, cards, and meals are a source of strength and encouragement. Your expressions of kindness is overwhelming and humbling. Thank you from both of us. Our children are a remarkable blessing to us. They all were here for the crisis. Their response has been nothing short of stellar. Thank you for giving our family the needed space to process sacred conversations. Now we look forward to celebrating, with all of you, Ruth and Luke’s wedding, Lord Willing.

 

So how are we doing? We are both profoundly encouraged and deeply saddened. There really is a peace that surpasses all human understanding. We are experiencing that peace deep in our soul, while on the surface the emotions are raw. We have our occasions of weeping with uncontrollable sobs. We have also experienced a resounding joy, confident that God makes no mistakes. Connie’s recurring theme is from Philippians – “to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” We are prepared for bad news this week. There is evidence that the cancer has spread from the lung, and has appeared on the liver, in the bones, and in the thigh.

 

Thanks for praying for us, and please continue:
– Pray for physical healing.
– Pray for spiritual and emotional health for all of us.
– Pray that Connie is able to stand strong (literally) for Ruthie’s July wedding.

 

We are profoundly thankful for the Canadian medical system. Our community of health care professionals in Lethbridge is amazing. Our church seems to be omnipresent throughout the hospital staff. The support and care we receive is beyond words. Thinking of you, our church, we feel like Paul when he wrote, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:4-6)

 

How we wish we were worshiping with you today, this resurrection Sunday. But don’t let us be the focus of your attention. You have gathered to worship the risen Christ. First Corinthians is still true today, as it was last Sunday. Everything I taught you last Sunday is still true today. Christ has risen – He has risen indeed! Please give yourselves to the corporate praise of Almighty God, who alone is worthy.

 

Because Christ lives,
Ian and Connie

 

Many people have asked how they can help. The most important thing we can do is to pray for Connie, Ian, their five adult children and families. 

  • Cards may be dropped off at the church.
  • Please use this email address to send your encouragement. Please understand that they will not always be able to respond personally but deeply value your support.
  • To sign up to bring a meal, create an account and choose an available date here.  Thanks for your support! The meal calendar has been filled through the end of May. If needed, the calendar will open up again mid-May to book meals for June.
  • The Lawsons have been well supported with delicious baked goods–so much so that they’re running out of room! Instead, we’d appreciate it if you could put your baking energy toward providing undecorated, star-shaped sugar cookies for the Volunteer Expo Connie has been looking forward to hosting May 24 and 31. We will need hundreds of cookies for this event. Sign-up sheets will be at the Info Centre on Sunday. Cookies may be dropped off at the church, where we will freeze them until the Expo.

 

 

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