"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed..." 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
God has blessed us in our lives with several dear, sweet, close, Christ-seeking friends. Blake and Libby are two of those friends. We are so grateful that God's working brought our families together. Our lives have been enriched by their laughter, honesty, and growth in Christ together. We have also been so changed by a battle that they began last December, 2010. Their sweet girl, Paxten, who was 9 months at that time was diagnosed with leukemia. The news shook their world and ours. We have watched them gear up for the fight of their lives and have been so proud to see them take each day with faith, prayer and hope. Paxten was blessed for the last 9 months to have fought valiantly and successfully with her cancer. She moved into remission relatively quickly and has been able to pass over some of the more terrible side-effects of the treatments.
Unfortunately on Monday, they received word that the cancer had returned and was found in her spinal fluid during a routine spinal tap. Being told your baby has cancer for a second time is devastating at the least. We cried together, prayed together and we watched this little family of three arm themselves once again for battle. A harder longer battle than they had been enduring before.
We know that God holds tiny Paxten's body in His hands. He is aware of the battle raging inside of her and out of it His will will be played out. We are praying and I'm asking you to pray too for healing. For a miracle. For strength. For peace. This is a weary family. They are struck down. But just as in Corinthians we know that they are not destroyed. Please, please, pray. Storm heaven's gates with words of love for Paxten. Pass on her story to other prayer warriors you know.
If you would like to follow Paxten's fight or leave Libby and Blake a note of encouragement you can do so here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/paxtenpearson