THOUSANDS OF WORDS, INDEED
One of the more common sayings is "A picture is worth a thousand words." This one far exceeds that.
The young lady pictured here, looking out at the sea, is the 6-year old daughter of a friend, Troy Smith. What makes the picture so poignant is that her Daddy, Troy, has stage IV Cancer. He's in a real battle with the disease, which he and his family are waging in a valiant and faith-filled manner. Needless to say, though, the future is filled with uncertainty.
Troy is a High School Teacher, and one of the most admired and respected men ... by students, parents and faculty alike ... that I know. When Troy had an attack some months ago, my grandson, who happened to be in the same hospital after surgery, got out of bed and was subsequently stopped by a nurse, walking to Troy's room, IV stand and bottle in tow. He told them nothing was going to stop him from going to see Troy.
That's the way Troy, and his whole family, are.
This photo was taken some months back, while the family was on a Disney "dream" vacation, provided via the generosity of friends, and the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. It portrays a situation, as no other photograph I've ever seen. It touched me deeply when I first saw it, and I could not stop thinking about it.
Please, dear friends, pray for Troy and Shanna Smith, and their family. They know, and believe in their souls, that they have God's attention, and that He (and He alone) is in control. But more things are wrought by prayer than this world realizes. And they have a need for some of those things to be wrought in their lives.
Count your blessings, dear friends. And, pray.