What do you do when life hits you a curve ball? What do you do when your child is diagnosed with cancer? Has an accident that leaves them paralyzed? Becomes sick and can no longer hear? Unfortunately these are still concerns for parents today. We have a few childhood cancer cases here in Southern Maryland and we’ve watched their parents handle not only the illness, but raising awareness and the publicity from it with grace. I’ve watched my sister deal with one child that has autism and another child who at 13 months had a blind cord accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. There is no real set plan for dealing with these scenarios. But you can Love Him Anyway (or her). You can chose to find home and grace and love with all your heart.
I recently got to read an advanced copy of Love Him Anyway: Finding Hope in the Hardest Places. This amazing story takes a family that has been handled the life of Job and keeps on going. The book starts telling about the general background of the family, infertility treatments, cancer, an aging parent with Alzheimer’s when things seem to start to looking better. Like most of us as soon as we think things are looking up something can happen. For the Banks Family the world changes overnight. A happy healthy baby is put to sleep and wakes up the next day sick beyond sick. As the family traverses medical tests, diagnosis and treatment, they must learn to live with hope and grace. The key phrase was given to Abby Banks when her oldest son said “Mom, we’re going to Love Him Anyway.”
As I said the story really hit home for us because of my nephew. While The Banks family has a much better outlook than ours, we remember every day to look for God, learn more about Bobby and above all Love Him Anyway.
One night can change everything. Abby Banks put her healthy, happy infant son to sleep, but when she awoke the next morning, she felt as though she was living a nightmare. Her son, Wyatt, was paralyzed. There was no fall, no accident, no warning. A rare autoimmune disease attacked his spinal cord, and there was no cure. In an instant, all her hopes and dreams for him were wiped away. The life she envisioned for her family was gone, and she was frozen by the fear of a future she never imagined.
As she struggled to come to grips with her son’s devastating diagnosis and difficult rehabilitation, she found true hope in making a simple choice, a choice to love anyway-to love her son, the life she did not plan, and the God of hope, who is faithful even when the healing does not come. In Love Him Anyway, Abby shares her family’s journey from heartbreak to triumph and reminds us that hope and joy can be found in life’s hardest places.