Many of you may not be aware that Dr. Samuel Thomas recently underwent surgery for Prostate Cancer. He is now in his second week of a six week recovery period home with Shelley and he is doing well. We wanted you to hear directly from Dr. Samuel his thoughts about health, prayer and a sovereign God that he loves and trusts with all of his heart. Please continue to pray for a complete and speedy recovery for him.
I thank you on behalf of the family and ministry for your valuable and sincere prayers. The surgery went well by the grace of God. A good team of doctors worked like a great symphony – Dr. Robert Dray, Dr. Chad Jackson and Dr. Patrick Showalter.
I am now out of the hospital. Please pray that my PSA levels will come down dramatically. Pray to our Heavenly Father that He – if there are any cancer cells left in my body – will curse the roots of any cancer cells left and they will wither away and die. Please pray that bodily functions will go back to normal soon. Pray that God's peace will rule my heart.
We are forever grateful to God for Mrs. and Dr. Bob Dray for their hospitality. They opened their home for Shelley and me to stay for two weeks after the surgery. Thank God for friends like Mrs. & Dr. Wayne Belt for their prayers and support. I also thank God for all of you who prayed and fasted for me with a sincere heart. I thank God for Lana in her willingness to stay with Timothy while I am in recovery.
Through this experience I can say – along with King David – that what we have in God is greater than whatever else we don't have.
"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures" (Psalm 23:2).
That Scripture reminds me that only the Shepherd can choose the path, prepare the pasture and protect us. My role is simply to follow and fellowship with Him.
"He also leadeth me beside still waters" (Psalm 23:2).
I do not fear the future. I know how faithfully He has taken care of me in the past. I do not know how my PSA levels will be in future days; the key for me is to meet today's problems with today's strength and leave tomorrow in God's hands. He promised a lamp for my feet – not a crystal ball for my future. He leads Samuel; that is enough for me today and for tomorrow. I do know that sheep get anxious when the storms come and wild animals roar. How do they handle this? By moving closer to the Shepherd!
I would like to say that He anoints my head with oil. The human shepherd anoints his steps with oil for two purposes: first, to repel insects; second, to heal wounds. We also need to be anointed with fresh oil (Psalm 92:10). This anointing only happens in the presence of the Shepherd.
Finally, I am learning that God's goodness and mercy followed Jonah into the bottom of the sea; Job through all life's trials; and Daniel into the lion's den. I just pause to think of the scrapes God has brought me through, the messes He has helped clean up, and the doors He has opened. What I see are blessings that I do not deserve; neither do I deny the blessings.
I thank God that my Shepherd promised me that "surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6). Goodness to provide and mercy to pardon. Thank God that I will never have a day without them.
I thank you for your friendship, your love and your prayers. Please keep it up!
Our Hope is in Him!
Samuel A. Thomas
President and CEO