Thursday, January 27, 2011

Answering Prayers

This afternoon Cash took a significant turn for the worse. His breathing has become very labored and he is now unresponsive and sleeping. Our immediate families came over to visit an now we are waiting patiently for the Lord to welcome into His eternal kingdom.

We have prayed since Cash was diagnosed on February 8, 2010 that Cash would be healed of his cancer and we know from the Bible that God always hears and answers our prayers - He is answering our prayers and while we are sad, at the same time we are rejoicing in Cash's ultimate healing.

We are thankful to everyone for your prayers and support this past year - Wendi and I continue to learn about compassion, giving, and love from everyone who has been there for us. Please continue to pray for Cash and Jensen as they both are still fighting. God is merciful and loves all His children!




56 comments:

  1. I pray that God will hold your hands through this very hard passage. God is great and will be there with you every step of the way.

    kg

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  2. Our thoughts and prayer are with all of you during this difficult time. May you feel God's arms wrapped around you and your families.
    Hugs & Prayers, Tasha Lankhaar
    2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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  3. I will pray for Cash, for you and Wendi, for your whole family. And while I don't have words, I know that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings that words cannot express. I pray that He holds you tenderly in the palm of His Almighty hand.

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  4. We love you, precious Cash. Jesus is waiting for you with his open, loving arms. Your life has taught us all so very much, and the world will be less beautiful with you in it. Wendi and Jack, we are with you in prayer and spirit now. We love you and marvel at your strength. Thinking of you now. Love, Sarah + Jason

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  5. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and said "come to me.". With tearful eyes we watch you and see you pass away. Although we love you dearly, we cannot make you stay. A golden heart stops beating, little hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

    Peace, prayers and blessings to you all.

    Davina

    Davina

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  6. We love you guys. We'll keep praying that God grants you strength and comfort. You are such wonderful parents. Hug the boys for us.

    Aaron, Missy, and family

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  7. Jesus loves me! He will stay,
    Close beside me all the way;
    He's prepared a home for me,
    And some day His face I'll see.

    Jesus is waiting for you with open arms little Cash. He loves you so much!!

    Jack & Wendi-
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you throughout this journey. Tonight I pray that you too will feel the loving arms of our Savior wrapped around you. Praying for a peace that only HE can provide. We love you!!!

    Wendy & Mike

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  8. May your sweet son be delivered safely into the arms of Jesus, welcomed into heaven with the angels' rejoicing. May His Spirit be your help and comfort in this new chapter your family is beginning.

    Praying and grieving with you,
    Emily

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  9. We've never met you, but have grown to love your family by following your blog. We, too, are praying for you and grieving with you.

    Randy and Judy Small (Paul Assink's sister)

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  10. Just before I came home and saw this post, I was out walking and recalled this song that I learned while my nephew was in the hospital. It immediately made me think of Cash, and I thought I would share it with you.

    GOD SEES THE LITTLE SPARROW FALL

    God sees the little sparrow fall,
    It meets His tender view;
    If God so loves the little birds,
    I know He loves me, too.

    Refrain

    He loves me, too, He loves me, too,
    I know He loves me, too;
    Because He loves the little things,
    I know He loves me, too.

    He paints the lily of the field,
    Perfumes each lily bell;
    If He so loves the little flow’rs,
    I know He loves me well.

    Refrain

    God made the little birds and flow’rs,
    And all things large and small;
    He’ll not forget his little ones,
    I know He loves them all.

    Refrain


    I, along with my community group, am in prayer for you.

    Julia dB

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  11. My heart is so heavy for you guys. I will be lifting you in prayer and trusting that God is giving you a peace beyond understanding.

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  12. Praying for your family...I pray God gives you peace and wraps his loving arms around you...know that we are all here for you whether near or far...

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  13. My heart is aching. Praying that God is holding you tight. Thank you Jesus for making the ultimate sacrifice so that we can know without a shadow of a doubt that we will be together again.

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  14. I am so sad to read this latest update, but I am praying that you may experience the peace that passes all understanding as you walk through this valley with Cash. Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us.
    Love, Thoughts and Prayers,
    Ruth

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  15. There are many prayers being said for Cash & your entire family. Please know that we lift you up in prayer and hope that peace & love surround you at this difficult time.

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  16. Praying for precious Cash and your entire family. May you be surrounded by God's love and peace during this time. Love, Krista

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  17. I remember the incredible peace I experienced holding my son in the hours before he took his last breath. And I remember how surprised I was at how beautiful his transistion was.

    God has provided an army of angels that look a lot like your family and friends. They will hold you, comfort you, feed you, care for you and love you, just as you have cared for and loved Cash. And Cash will have the love and care of the Lord. And you know you can trust Him with your precious baby boy.

    (((Hugs)))
    Maureen

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  18. Psalm34:18 The Lord is near the broken hearted and saves the crushed spirit. Cash has received the ultimate healing. Every time you think of his beautiful smile know that he is smiling for all of eternity because he is in heaven with are savior the Lord. we have and will continue to pray for your family. We love you guys. Aaron and Missy Parker

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  19. My heart is breaking for all of you as I pray tonight...

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  20. Shawna VanderleestJanuary 28, 2011 at 5:50 AM

    You are in our hearts and prayers.

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  21. Praying for you all Jack and Wendi...may God just wrap his arms around you and hold you and tell you everything will be alright!
    Brenda Elenbaas

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  22. Cash is such a special little boy. He has touched so many lives. May the Lord give you strength during this most difficult time. Praying for comfort and peace for your family.
    Much Love,
    Reid and Melissa

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  23. You're all in my prayers! May you some how find peace knowing that Cash will be sitting on the lap of Jesus, looking down on you smiling and sharing his m & m's with his friends. May Jesus wrap his arms around you and comfort you.

    Kelly

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  24. words fail. my prayers are being said for you all.
    May God be with you and comfort you and you would feel his love surround you.

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  25. from Susan Mullen

    Praying and hoping. May you all have peace.

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  26. Jack & Wendi,
    Our hearts are so heavy for you right now. We are praying for Cash to be at peace and for you both to feel God's love and nearness during this difficult time.
    "Let the little children come to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these".
    Love,
    The Brink's

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  27. Praying continually for you all! It is evident that the Holy Spirit himself is with you and is giving you strength, mercy and peace! I cannot imagine your heartbreak - but God does!

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  28. During this most sacred time, I just wanted to tell you that I am a stranger whose heart aches for your dear family. I came from Melody-Mae's blog and am and will be praying for comfort and peace for all of you. May God's overwhelming grace pour out upon you.

    xo*tricia

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  29. Praying for an army of angels to be with you through this time in your life. Praying for comfort and peace that only God can bring. Praying my children and I live every moment cherising our blessings and keeping in the forefront the power of your little boy, the imprint of his tiny hand an array of M&Ms in Heaven, and everytime we eat one I know Cash will be smiling. We love you so much. Michael, Kat and RoxAnn

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  30. You guys have all been on my hearts this week and in my prayers. Through my tears I'm so encouraged by your peace and faith in our loving Father, and am so thankful that He holds dear Cash in His gentle hand. I pray you are engulfed and overwhelmed by God's love right now.
    Heidi for the Bleekers

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  31. Jack and Wendi and family-
    I have been praying for Cash and you since I heard of his diagnosis. My heart breaks for you all. I will continue to pray for strength and peace and for God to wrap his loving arms around you all.
    Blessings,
    Julie(Geleynse) Houck

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  32. We are praying for strength for you and your family... We pray that God gives you His comfort and peace.. At the same time what a great thing that Cash will be free of all his earthly sickness..Jesus loves the little children.... Much Love, Sean and Alicia

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  33. Jack, Wendy & family - We have also been waiting for a family member to be at peace with Jesus this week. Perhaps it will be of comfort for you to know that Cash will have my Grandma A in heaven to watch over him.

    You have all been in my thoughts/prayers this past year. Your faith and trust in God has been a true inspriation.

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  34. Jack & Wendi,
    You have been so close to our hearts and in our prayers. Words do not suffice at this time but God's grace does. Your continued faith and the resilience of this beautiful boy have inspired so many. Thank you for sharing so much of the laughter, love, tears, and pain that have surrounded your family this past year. Cash has touched so many lives. You are surrounded by love and prayer right now. We are thankful that Cash will ultimately be healed and we continue to pray for peace and comfort for your family.
    With Love,
    Joel & Jessi

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  35. his precious laughter... tho I am so sad, I can hear Cash's laughter in heaven... and that gives me peace. I can hear him laughing and saying, "M & M, please"... holding Jesus' hand as they walk to what I heard Jack Jr. describe as the best play area ever! no more pain, no more suffering, no more worries.
    Praying for Cash and your family today.
    We love you very much.
    the VK's

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  36. We are praying for you all and thank God with you for Cash's life. His short life on earth has been a gift to so many. What a blessed hope that we will one day celebrate together in Heaven. I can't wait to meet him.

    Wendy Tamminga and family
    Psalm 27:13,14

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  37. Our God is an Awesome God.
    He reigns from heaven above
    With Wisdom, Power, and Love...
    Our God IS and Awesome God.
    In the middle of our pain He is still God...
    Cash's precious life has been important to many, and your faith and witness is a blessing.
    We will continue to hold you in our prayers.
    God Bless and Keep You,
    Linda

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  38. Prayers lifted for your family during this time. May God give you peace and comfort.

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  39. We are praying for you, we love you. It is so difficult to give up our loved one to our Heavenly Father, yet comforting that they belong to Him. May God surround you with the peace only He can give.
    Love, the Hemnes family

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  40. Praying that the Lord is wrapping His comforting arms around Cash and Jensen. I am praying for peace and comfort for all of you. I know these precious boys can feel the astounding love that they are surrounded by.

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  41. We are praying for your strength to bear the coming hours and days...praying for Cash to be in Jesus arms and painfree. We ache for you but find comfort in knowing that God will bear our sorrows,

    Love Marvin, Marsha and Family

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  42. Praying for you and your families. What a joy it is to know that you will see Cash again...happy and whole...running! Our Jesus is the ultimate healer. What an eternal perspective you have. I'm praying Jesus blesses your family through this trial. Rest in HIM...He will take your heavy burden and make it light.
    Blessings,
    April (Davis) Benner

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  43. Thoughts and prayers are being lifted up on your behalf from my family for yours as you walk through this time.

    Jeff Boersma

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  44. I have been following Cash for awhile. My prayers go out to you, him, and your family.

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  45. Our love and prayers surround you and hold you up.......

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  46. Jack & Wendi -- We've been praying for you a lot over these past months and will continue to. I thought of this song today as I prayed for Cash . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te0hy2YcLgg
    Love,
    Stacia (Polinder) Hoeksema

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  47. Jack & Wendi, Our heart is heavy and we are praying so much for you guys and your families. I hope you feel God's love during this difficult time. love, Kevin and Wendi (& family)

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  48. As always, our dear friends - thoughts, prayers, love and tears are with you.

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  49. Dear Wendi and Jack,
    The Lord whispered, "My precious Cash, I love you and will never leave you. During your times of trials and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
    Surrounding you all with love and prayers,
    Cousin Shari


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  50. Praying for your whole family during this difficult time. May you feel the Lord's presence holding and loving you.
    Rebecca (Buys) Hansen

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  51. My family and I are praying for your son and for all of you. We only know you through this blog but our hearts are heavy with the weight of this moment. Know that so many people are praying for you and caring about your family. May God be very near to you in the hours and days ahead...
    Dawn Synstelien, Fergus Falls, MN

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  52. Cash, i never new you, but i prayed my heart out for you. rest in peace in the arms of Jesus sweet little one ♥

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  53. Jack & Wendi, It is with a Heavy Heart I'm writing this. I'm so sorry to hear about Lil' Cash! We only knew him through this blog but has he touch us! Please know that we are praying for you & your family during this difficult time! Lil' Cash is Smilin' Down on His family now! We pray for God's presence, love & comfort for you sweet ones. Rest in Peace Lil' Cash! <3

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  54. Jack and Wendi and family, there are just now words. All i can say is God bless you. You are all in our prayers. oxox

    love whitey and carol

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  55. Praying in Hudsonville, MI today. Thinking of you and your family and lifting up all up in prayer during this time.

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