When we’ve done all that we can in situations out of our control, popular gospel recording artist Donnie McClurkin advises believers to just “Stand.”
The Johnson family of Stow has been doing that since receiving an unwieldy diagnosis a month ago; standing, that is, on their strong faith.
But Lisa Johnson and her daughters did something else this week, sending not only a clear message of faith but also of love.
It was to her husband, Scott, who is the father of their three daughters — Katie, 18; Lindsay, 20; and Jessica, 21; who respectively are a freshman, sophomore and senior in college.
Scott, 57, is a patient at University Hospitals’ Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, where he is being treated for Stage IV non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma as part of a clinical trial in which he was asked to participate.
Lisa said Scott — who was in industrial sales — has tumors in his bone marrow; a large one in his abdomen pressing on his heart and one in his neck. His symptoms leading up to the diagnosis were weight loss and general weakness.
“He was laid off in May and had been looking for a job since then,” his wife of almost 24 years said.
“He’s always been pretty positive. Still is.”
A few days ago when she and two of her daughters were at the hospital visiting him, Lisa said she looked out of her husband’s window and onto the snow-covered ground below and came up with the idea of writing something “down there.”
She told her daughters “Let’s go to lunch.” And the plan was hatched.
So, the three of them (Lisa, Lindsay and Katie) went to the area — down from her husband’s room. “We’re always looking for good things to do. … So, I decided on something really positive to write in the snow, something positive in the middle of our trials. … We put our feet in the snow, and we didn’t have our boots on, and the snow came up to our knees.”
“(Heart) U DAD” was the message.
“It didn’t take that long to do,” Lisa said, adding that one of her daughters then called Scott on her phone and asked him to come to the window and look down. “It made him a little emotional because we were all waving up at him.”
“When we got back to his room,” she continued, “the nurse was scolding us because his heart rate went up to 160 … It really touched him. He really liked it!”
Lisa Johnson said she and her daughters are buoyed by their faith and the great outpouring of love and prayers from family and friends and their church, Christ Community Chapel in Hudson.
“We have chosen to concentrate on what God is doing and not on what God is not doing,” she said stoically.
“We are people of faith,” she repeated. “And that’s what pulls us through!”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com