Thursday, April 8, 2010

"Into the Fire"

I've been giving myself pep talks as this week has just gone by way too fast. I know the morning will be here in a moment and we'll be back up at the PCMC in Salt Lake for this next important leg of the journey.

Kind of unexpected that a song from The Scarlet Pimpernel would start playing in my mind tonight. The song "Into the Fire" does invoke a fighting spirit. Thankfully, I'm not fighting a senseless french mob with their guillotines. Our battle is a quieter one. Courage, however, is still required.

So, here are a few words from somewhere in about the middle of that memorable song, "Into the Fire":

"You can tremble, you can fear it
But keep your fighting spirit alive boys
Let the shiver of it sting you
Fling into battle, spring to your feet boys
Never hold back your step for a moment
Never doubt that your courage will grow
Hold your head even higher and into the fire we go"

The best pep talks of all come from the special re-assurances that usually happen in the quiet moments of prayer, scripture study, and reflection. And when the quiet moments are through, then it's time to get to work and stay engaged in positive activities so you don't have time for useless worry or for talking yourself out of being peaceful.

Faith in Christ really is a potent power that makes it hard for fear to stick around. We're trying to focus on things that invite faith. I'm finding it's easier to focus on building faith than obsessing about scary things over which I have no control.

Talitha had another great day. School is still out for Spring Break so Tali enjoyed a full day of non-stop play and activities. So refreshing to see.

Her legs are also gaining strength toward learning to stand again. We don't know how the bone marrow transplant cycles will impact her learning to walk again but we're hopefully we can keep making progress on the days Talitha feels well enough to try.

So far the fire has been hot and refining but not all consuming. We're grateful for that.


  1. We've gone to sleep singing this same song more than a few times over the past year.... the kids like to remind us Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made it out fine and probably got a nice tan in the process.

  2. Well said!

    So good to hear from you. Keep up the fight; you are an inspiration to us in our fight.

    Thank you!