Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Another day of being sustained by God upon your prayers! I am so blessed these last few days with some strength, no sickness/infections, food tastes good even...but best of all I have a sense of incredible closeness to you and God. As mother's day approaches I am reminded of the heart of a mother...naturally self-sacrificing, looking to the concerns of her loved ones above herself...a mother just exudes the love Christ has for us. I think the fullness of a mother's love is never truly appreciated until our own experiences in life become deep enough to really see her inner beauty. Sometimes we strain at a picture of a mother or loved one or a friend in a season of God's preparation of the beauty God is working on just beneath the surface and if we are not patient with our loved ones, forgiving and compassionate, we can turn away with the image of that beauty concealed and miss the revealing of the work God is really doing. Let me put it this way...I have been afforded a 7x7 window out of my hospital room that looks out and up into the Manaloa Valley...this is an extreme blessing to me for the valley holds many wonders, in fact, treasures are everywhere I look. One of the treasures is a special species of eucalyptus tree. Out of over 700 species of these trees, originally from Australia, Hawaii has developed its own unique species. It is called "rainbow eucalyptus" and oh how appropriately it is named. At times the ordinary outer bark peels back to reveal an explosion of brilliant rainbow colors that are a delight to behold. The curious thing is that the rainbow bark is not always fully exposed. In fact, at times the bark seems ordinary, dull, anything but brilliant and beautiful. This is a lesson for us. Sometimes our moms may not seem to be all that beauty and brilliance...sometimes our friends let us down, sometimes people are just in that place where on the surface they don't look all that beautiful...perhaps our relationships are strained, maybe they even seem broken, but that place is temporary...it's just God preparing the inner beauty of that rainbow eucalyptus, later to peel off that bark and reveal the marvelous treasure inside. Perhaps we should leave some room for moms and friends and loved ones to be prepared inside by God during those harder times in our relationships and perhaps it is better for us all to always look and remember all the times those moms , loved ones and friends have shined through to reveal those brilliant rainbow colors that enhance and enrich our lives daily. It is my prayer today that you will join me in giving thanks to all the rainbow eucalyptus trees out there in our lives, especially our moms.

You all continue to be such wonderful support and a source of inspiration to me as we wait upon the Lord to deliver His miracle! Again and again I never cease to be overwhelmed by your love and support. Every card, gift, letter, prayer, good thought, e-mail and blog post is noted and embraced with deep gratitude and a sense of more love, more concern and more care than any one man should ever have. I am steadfast in the Lord, living for His glory alone, for my life is His to use as He pleases.

Love forever in Him
kit

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Kit,
What profound life lessons we receive from you! I meditate on these things and I am trying to apply them to my life everyday.

Thanking the Lord for your strength, courage and your love for all of us.

And thank you Jesus for making Your presence & love so tangible to Kit. Thank you he is feeling relatively well!! All Praise to You Lord. Amen

Praying for each of you continuously.
love,
Lee & Renee

Mele said...

Dear Kit,

Your attention to detail does not go unnoticed as I am thankful for every word.
Once again you have spoken to my heart.

Mahalo,

Mele

Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Lauer,
We are praying for you.
Kimo

Anonymous said...

Dearest Kit,
I just caught up on today's and yesterday's teachings from you. The words are so sweet, I know they are God's words to us. It's like you're in the inner sanctuary with Him, the Holy of Holies, and He reveals intimate and lovings thoughts to you to share with us. Thank u for your obedience. I'm glad you have a window with a view! Love you all and praying without ceasing. -Nat

Nicole and Naseem Aboudaher said...

Love you Kit! Give Shelley a big hug from us all for being such a great mom, wife and friend to everyone! Still praying the good days keep coming and the chemo is working. Love always, Nicole

Anonymous said...

ALOHA KIT, FROM DEBBIE UYETAKE

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR BLOG EVERYDAY. I AM KEEPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS AS I SEE MANY OTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE DOING AS WELL. YOU ARE THE BOMB MY BROTHER, YOU DO PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. GOD IS SURELY HOLDING YOUR FEET TO THE FIRE BUT YOU ARE STRONG IN THE RACE AND WHEN YOU ARE WEAK, DO KNOW WE ALL WILL STAND IN THE GAP FOR YOU THE BEST WE CAN AND THUR THE POWER OF PRAYER, GOD IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THE GOOD WORK HE HAS BEGUN IN YOU. THANK YOU FOR SHAREING YOUR LIFE WITH US.
LUV YA IN THE LORD DEBBIE

The Bonsells said...

I said it before, and I'll say it again--WOW! Kit, God is using you to imprint so many thoughts and teachings on our hearts. I will read your profound words over and over. Thank you for sharing with us what the Lord is revealing to you. I have felt like a different person these last few weeks... thinking of you has made me dwell on the things that last, that are eternal. To look at ourselves, others, this world through God's eyes is life changing. Yes, "God's preparing the inner beauty" of us all... and He wants to "reveal the marvelous treasure inside"! I give thanks to the Lord for our dear moms. I give thanks to the Lord for our precious loved ones. I give thanks to the Lord for knowing you, Shelly, your whole family. I give thanks to you for being such an incredible teacher, friend and brother to us all.

We love you Kit. We continue to pray that the Lord will keep you free from infection, and that the bone marrow tests and results will be the answers to bring you home. Bring you back to Maui so we can love on you... and you on us; so you can continue to share with us Christ's marvelous teachings.

Love and Prayers continue...
The Bonsells

PS: Your Blog today will be a great gift to my mom for Mother's Day! I'm going to print it up right now and put it in the card.

Jeri said...

Thanking God today for the miracle He's doing in your life. For giving you an appetite, energy, keeping you free from infection, and the strength to be used of Him even as you're in the hospital. You're an amazing blessing!

Much love & prayers,
Cliff & Jeri

Pam Michael said...

Hi Kit & family,
Once again, we're both so encouraged in your words, as well as the strength the Lord has given to you during this season of your life. What an inspiration you've been to so many ... including us! Thank You, Lord, and thank you, Kit.
Keeping on the same note of "Mother's Day" during this time, I wanted to share this Poem with you and Shelly and your friends. We hand this out at our church each Mother's Day. I believe you will be Blessed as you read it.
May the Lord continue to work in and through you Kit; our brother in Christ.
Love: Pam & David!

"A MOTHER’S VERSION OF
1st CORINTHIANS 13!"

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything
in its place, but have not Love, I am a housekeeper – not
a homemaker.
If I have time for wax, polishing, and decorating achievements, but have not Love, my children learn of cleanliness – not Godliness.
*Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.
*Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
*Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
*Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.
*Love is present through the trials.
*Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.
*Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, and runs with the child; then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
*Love is the key that opens salvation’s message to a child’s heart.
Before I became a parent, I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God’s perfection of my child.
As a parent, there is much I must teach my child, but . . .
the greatest of all is LOVE.” (By: JoAnn Merill)

To all the Mom’s of yesterday,
today & tomorrow!

Paul said...

Dearest Kit,

Thank you for all your teachings and for sending back that video with Craig. You are truly a blessing to us all and we miss you dearly. I continue to pray for your swift healing and strength through this difficult time.

With much love and faith,

Paul

Anonymous said...

I continue to pray for you and I ask God to continue to give you wisdom and strength for your own body and for the all of us who need what you have to share. I am so blessed after reading about the rainbow tree. How awesome is God! That rainbow of hope is what we all need to focus upon, regardless of our circumstances.
Patty Barton (Kyle Knight's Mom)

Janet on Maui :) said...

Good morning Kit & Shelly :)
it's another beautiful day on Maui and I am remined to be thankful for my abundant blessings when I read your words. Thankyou for letting God continue to use you even in your weakness, He has made you stronger than ever. Your words about the rainbow eucalyptus are a wonderful reminder of God's creativity and the beauty & strength of our moms and God's people. Whenever I drive to Hana one of my favorite moments on the road is coming upon the rainbow eucalyptus grove. These trees were used specifically for the masts of sailing ships because of their strenght and tall straight trunks. Another reminder of our mothers, beautiful, strong in the storms of life and the center of our busy lives, reaching towards the heavens. Thanks again for your many word pictures. You know I'm praying and missing you and Shelly so much. Hug each other tight from me and may you stay strong & healthy for your test on Monday. Take care, Janet :)

Toni Spence said...

Good morning Kit,

We've always loved you. We've always learned from you. You have always been an inspiring teacher. We've always known of your passion and depth for pursueing God, for encouraging the body, your love for those many people in your life.

But these blogs - AMAZING. What you are doing for the rest of us in your weakness in incredible. However my life has been impacted by you in the past - times it by a million today.

Praying for you. Your friend, commrade, colleague, and partner in the faith.

Toni Spence

Joe and Karen said...

We love your letters, Kit. We are christening them "St. Kittrick's Epistles to the Mauians!"

So glad you are eating and staying strong. All answers to prayer.

Love you so, the Johnsons

Anonymous said...

In my tears of trial I am uplifted by your words. I am in awe of your strength. You are a teacher for the Lord, He feeds you and in your weekness it pours out of you. We lift you and family high in prayer.
The Oltmans

Anonymous said...

Dear Kit and Lauer Family

So many thoughts and prayers! Just wanted you to know that you all have touched our lives in so many different ways! We are keeping the prayers going always. Kit, your words are so healing and needed at this time. You are awesome.

Shelly, Happy mothers day early. May all your prayers be answered!!!!

LOVE

Susan and chris and Nathan