Until a few months ago, I didn’t know that peanut powder was something you could buy in a grocery store. My son participated in a clinical trial that used oral immunotherapy for his peanut allergy. He was given very calculated measurements of pharmaceutical grade peanut powder for a year and a half. His tolerance has increased a great deal. Now that he’s out of the trial, we are in somewhat of a holding pattern. He has to maintain the tolerance he’s built but the medicine he used is not yet available to us. So we were told to go to the grocery store and buy some “PB2”. 

Every night, my son mixes 300 mg of the peanut powder with pudding and eats it. If he stops ingesting the dose, his tolerance will diminish and his peanut allergy will once again be very dangerous. My son has blown me away with the diligence needed to build up and maintain his resistance to peanuts. Every single night for two years and no end in sight. As it stands right now in treatment for food allergies, this “maintenance dose” will be required for the rest of his life. I’m so impressed and so proud. I tell you, I really don’t know if I could do it. 

We are called to be diligent. What my son is doing isn’t easy, but he will have a victory because he is diligent. Without immunotherapy, ingesting peanut could kill him. He has been given a life-saving prescription and his diligence is vital. We have been given a prescription that saves us from death: the blood of Christ. He died for us. He died for the thing that could kill us, our sin. We must remain diligent in seeking Him, accepting his forgiveness, and sharing our faith.

I’m thankful for my son’s peanut powder. I’m thankful for Christ’s blood. I’m thankful for the rewards we can reap with diligence.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 

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