Better is one day in your courts, then thousands elsewhere

Remember I mentioned about a young girl R2, who suffers from Leukaemia?

She became very poorly on the 4th of January. That day, she had a prolonged seizure which warranted intubation and ventilation on the ITU. Whilst on the ITU, she began to suffer from a persistent GI bleed with haematemesis, likely secondary to her chemotherapy induced mucositis and thrombocytopenia from bone marrow suppression. She received unit after unit of blood and dose after dose of platelets, up to a point when she was on the verge of being fluid overloaded. At that time, she also continued to show signs of neutropenic sepsis which warranted aggressive antimicrobial therapy. She was miserable, in pain and remained mostly uncomfortable even with a morphine syringe driver. She really suffered.

During this time, R2 had a bone marrow biopsy and a lumbar puncture. We all hoped and prayed that her leukaemia would have come under control with the last month of aggressive chemotherapy. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Her leukaemia was still very much active. There was now nothing else that the doctors could do for her- the only plan left was palliation.

Naturally, R2’s family were devastated and in anguish. Their hearts were heavy and sad. They now kept vigil by R2’s side. Both parents (especially mum) barely slept and they were all exhausted. Despite all this, they continued to witness for the Lord through their suffering. Their trust, faith and hope in the Lord really touched me.

Little R2’s dad tweeted this on his twitter account:

“Bone marrow result came. Leukemia still active. Nothing more can be done, humanly speaking. Heavy hearts. Comforted to know that just one day in the courts of God is better than a thousand days elsewhere.”

Later, R2’s dad wrote about his attempt to talk to R2’s older sister Emily (4 years old) about R2’s imminent death.

On the way to hospital in the car with Emily, praying that God would help me with “the chat”). 

Me: So Emily…you know that R2 is very poorly?

Emily: Yes. 

Me: Well, do you know that sometimes, when people are really really poorly, they don’t get better?

Emily: Yes they do! They get new bodies in heaven that don’t get sick, and there’s no more crying there. 

I don’t think there’ll ever be a sermon on Revelation 21 that I’ll treasure more than this one.

I cried. How amazing is the faith and understanding of this child! I felt so thankful and touched that God’s good news reaches even unto the little children. At this time of crisis, it is so awesome that such a young child should be able to offer comfort to her own parents with the truths and promises from God. The God we serve is truly mighty to save!

17/01/12: Little R2 died.

We are all sad. But in a way, I guess we are all thankful. Thankful that God has taken R2 back to Him, thankful that the Lord has removed her from her broken earthly body, thankful that Christ has spared her from more suffering. Thankful even more still, for the witness that R2 and her family have borne for the Lord in their suffering. Thankful, that the broken world we now live in will one day be no more, and we will enjoy a brand new creation with the Lord our living God.

“Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jeruselem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said ‘write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.'” Revelation 21:1-7 

Rest in peace little R2. Enjoy your new pain-free body in heaven, where you are no longer attached to tubes and drips or drains. I pray that the angels will play with you and keep you company, making you laugh and smile the way you were never able to on this earth. Run along and sit at the feet of your mighty creator, pray to him that he will mercifully offer comfort to all the people you have left behind on this earth.

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