Updates on Emily – 12.8.2015

Emily Updates (12/8/15) … About 2 months ago, I posted about my cousin Bryan’s fight with cancer, which has been going relatively well, as well as my college pastor’s daughter Emily’s. You can read that post here.

In that post, I also reflected on Psalm 103 and it’s meaning in my life, and how (Dr. Poythress), Bryan, and Emily’s dad (Pastor Aaron Choi aka one of my favorite preachers!) played a part in Psalm 103 being sketched into my mind and heart.

Psalm 103

Of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

If you aren’t so TR (Truly Reformed), you’re probably familiar with the Matt Redman song, “10,000 Reasons,” which has successfully infiltrated evangelical congregations all across the U.S. It’s based on Psalm 103, a psalm that both Bryan and the Choi’s have been constantly returning to for comfort and support, and to express themselves to their Father, who forgives all our diseases, redeems our life from the pit, and knows our frame!

Emily, being a covenant child, knows this song, too! (0:17 is my FAVORITE part!!)

Here is the most  recent of Emily Updates (12/8/15) the Facebook page:

“Here’s a picture of Emily getting some fresh air on the tricycle and mommy struggling to push around the IV pole, while daddy sits around being completely unhelpful. (Sorry hon!)

Emily wrapped up her final day of chemo today. Things have been going very smoothly. No nausea to report — thank God! Emily is currently in the middle of a 24-hour post-hydration period.

We are hoping to be discharged by tomorrow since Emily’s been itching for some pizza and frozen yogurt.

As always, thanks for praying!”

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And please keep praying!

Andrew Ong

Andrew is a third-generation, San Francisco Bay Area ABC (American Born Chinese). He and his third-gen wife have two daughters and still live in the East Bay. After graduating from the University of California Irvine and Westminster Theological Seminary, he completed his PhD in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, researching Chinese American evangelicals and Neo-Calvinist theology. He presently serves on staff at Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley, California. Andrew's a simple guy whose passions include: sushi, pizza, nachos, and the Golden State Warriors. On his less sanctified days he lives by the maxim: #ballislife.

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