It was this week one year ago that Taylor was diagnosed with lung cancer. On Tuesday of that week Niki and Taylor went to MD Anderson for the first of many, many trips. On that Thursday, Janet and I drove to Houston to be with them. The one thing I hold so dear about that day at MD… we laughed. Taylor had a way to bring joy to whatever the situation and to whoever was around him.
This past Sunday my preacher taught on suffering. God has a funny way with his timing, right? I didn’t do a very good job of holding back the tears. Pastor Brian referred to Romans 8, the same scripture that came to my mind so many times during Taylor’s trial.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
Taylor’s body literally groaned from the cancer. Cancer is an evil thing.
But 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, tells us:
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
The Apostle Paul calls our troubles “light and momentary.” Why? Because they ARE when compared to the glory awaiting us in Heaven! Think about that. Really… think about that. Cancer is “light” and “momentary” compared to the “eternal glory” that is to come! Taylor was an amazing example of how to live life and give all the glory to God while suffering. I dearly miss Taylor but I know that he is now experiencing the glory!
|March 2011 - Our annual March Birthday Celebration. |
5 of 8 of Pratt/Williams have March birthdays... Rosalyn, Niki, Les, Abigayle and Olivia.
|2009 White Rock Marathon & Half Marathon in Dallas. Our silly pose.|
|Last Summer. Pratt/Williams Colorado Vacation.|
|Austin, August 2010 - The kids' first triathlon|