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Update on Mr. Abma
Posted on January 4th, 2018
Just before Christmas, teacher Richard was transferred to hospice here in Calgary.
A number of the staff have been able to visit him at two separate times. Thanks to everyone who sent along encouraging notes to Richard. We read them to him yesterday afternoon (Jan 3). Richard's wife Wendy says that they don't need anything right now (food or cleaning) as family and their Church is taking care of this. I'll keep checking in with the Abma's as time moves on.
Yesterday's visit was a gift! Ten CCS staff were joined by Richard's seven siblings in the prayer/ common room at the hospice. They were so gracious to us - we saw the love of his family and they saw our love, respect and appreciation for Richard. All of us were able to introduce ourselves and share a memory or something we appreciate about Richard - he had us laughing and we fought back some tears. God is giving him peace and even joy as he grieves.
Wendy and Richard are grateful he is in hospice but it has been hard to come to terms with the reality that medical care is now for comfort and not for fighting cancer.
Please continue to pray for the Abma's! It does not appear that God will heal Richard, yet does have the power to do so.
We closed by praying together and singing the doxology.
I'll close this with a couple of verses the staff shared with Richard. May God uses these verses to bring peace to the Abma's and to all of us! - Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way (2 Thess 3:16).- These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
In Jesus with all of you.