It’s been over a month since I first wrote about Stage 4 cancer patient Robert Keith and his family. Many have asked what has happened to them. Some have asked how did God answer all the prayer that happened on Saturday September 3, 2011. I want you to know all this and more because it is quite remarkable.
First of all, Robert is still with us and we celebrate the time that the family has been given together. This week, his hip was pushed out of joint by tumor growth and he is in a lot of pain. The pain management staff are doing all they can to make him comfortable. I wish that was all the bad news to report but that is minor compared to what you will read. The very Saturday we all enjoyed an uninterrupted 80 minutes of his favorite music both his wife and adult son learned that they were being laid off from their jobs at a local hotel.
Robert’s Medicare benefits ran out a few weeks ago and he was moved to a different hospice who accepted Medicaid about a block away from the rented home where his family was living. Yes, that was not a typo. They were evicted by force last Saturday due to no fault of their own. The homeowner had defaulted on the mortgage so the bank foreclosed. Because Robert’s wife and adult son no longer had jobs, they were given 24 hours to move out. Without visible means of support, the bank would not work a payment plan for their month to month lease for which they had always made timely payment.
This is where they went. Right back to the very hotel where they were laid off. The manager has allowed them to live temporarily and will accept any payments they can make on a discounted rate for the month of October. There is no assurance beyond that.
Robert’s wife and son are handling all this with an amazing confidence in God’s plan for their lives. Right now, their focus is on Robert and not on the accompanying drama. Having additional time to share with a loved one is priceless. Not having to work at such a time, which allows for more time together can also be a blessing. Despite all the negative circumstances — this family has spent a lot of quality time with one another. That is the bottom line.
Perhaps not having to deal with keeping up a home is also a real time saver. This too allows for more time to be spent with the loved one. But being suddenly uprooted is never a nice experience. So on Saturday, October 8th, we’re going to feature songs from the Robert List all day long. Plus, I’m going to play a few special ones for his wife and son. If you would, pray again for the Keith family. I know at the very minimum they need encouragement after all they’ve endured and the ordeal is not over yet.
THE ROBERT LIST
1. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? by Larry Norman
2. For the Sake of the Call by Steven Curtis Chapman
3. Strong Tower by Kutlass
4. More Power To Ya by Petra
5. Love Broke Thru by Phil Keaggy
6. Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis
7. Beyond Belief by Petra
8. Love Takes Time by Bryan Duncan
9. Ancient of Days by Bob Ayala
10. Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech
11. He Reigns by Newsboys
12. He’s Alive by Don Francisco
13. There Is A River by The Gaithers
14. Easter Song by 2nd Chapter of Acts
15. Shine by Newsboys
16. Grave Robber by Petra
17. Destined To Win by DeGarmo & Key
18.Awesome God by Rich Mullins
19. Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crown
SnT Radio.com will play one song approximately every hour from this list beginning at 12:00am EST Saturday, October 8, 2011.
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