Antioch News - April 12, 2007

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April 12, 2007

To all the faithful prayer warriors:

I want to say, first of all, that we regret that we are unable to personally respond to each and every email that we have received. Please know that Preacher Reagan and I sincerely appreciate each one of your emails and the very kind and encouraging words and the many, many prayers that have been prayed and are being prayed daily for us.

Our hearts have been so touched by the outpouring of Christian love and kindness during these months of first trying to determine what was happening to preacher to cause so much pain, the diagnosis of cancer, the treatments and now the latest news that preacher will not be cured of cancer but will be promoted to heaven.

We are not in charge of the outcome of our prayers but we are simply to pray and leave the results in our gracious and loving Heavenly Father's hands. We are His children. We do not possess the knowledge or understanding that our Heavenly Father has concerning what is best for us. We, like little children, must trust God and then as obedient children, submit to His perfect will for our lives. Preacher and I are not superhuman or beyond human faults and failures. We are flesh just like each of you. Our desire has always been to trust God and that He would be honored and glorified through our lives. We wanted nothing more than to love Him and serve Him with all of our hearts.

Thank you for caring and for praying. Your prayers have made this trial bearable. Your prayers have encouraged us and strengthened us. Your prayers have helped supply our needs. Just when a need came up...I know that someone somewhere must have been praying for God to supply our needs and at times even before we knew we had a need God supplied . Your faithful prayers wafted up to the ears of God and He was pleased to answer and supply so many needs.

No, He did not choose to heal my husband of the cancer. It wasn't that He did not hear our prayers for healing but rather that His plan for preacher and I did not include healing the cancer. His way is perfect and we do not question His reasoning or His plan for our lives. We are at peace in our submission to God's plan for our lives. The separation that my husband and I will experience is painful but even in that I believe God will be faithful to comfort my heart and provide for me and show me how He would have me continue to serve Him until such time as He calls me home to heaven too.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Please pray that the radiation treatments will be successful in bringing the pain under control. We have an excellent team of doctors and nurses helping preacher. We are so grateful for their expertise and knowledge and for their help.

Like you, we have many challenges and disappointments that we deal with in relation to preacher's illness. Today I dealt with one of these events and I am sorry to say, my initial reaction was shock, anger, frustration and exasperation, fear and then God's still small voice spoke to my heart. I had to admit to God that my peace had flown right out the window and fear and anger had replaced it. I had forgotten Who was in charge of this situation. The circumstances that I was dealing with were not a surprise to God but they sure were to me. I had put my trust in something other than God and He just knocked that "crutch" right out from under me. I thought I was trusting Him but it took this event today to show me that I was trusting in a man-made instrument. God wanted my attention and my full trust in Him and His provision.

So, thanks to those of you who prayed for us today. We need your prayers daily as we continue down this path called cancer. It is not an easy path to travel. But then, I am sure each of you face things in your lives that seem so hard and that make you fearful and angry at times too. I hope each of you have other Christians praying regularly for you and your needs. It is the intercessory prayers of others that afford each of us strength and courage to face the challenges and disappointments and surprises that come our way daily.

Thank you for remembering us and caring and praying. We are so blessed to have each of you praying for us. Thank you for writing and encouraging us. We do read your emails and we appreciate hearing from you.

Mrs. Reagan

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28:2

For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.