We’ve hit a steep part of the climb. We found out most of this news on Wednesday, April 24th. You're finding out now because nothing was conclusive and Dad wanted all the i's dotted and t's crossed before sharing anything.
His cancer is stage 4, aggressive and, according to doctors, not curable. It's in both lungs and also in his spine. The doctors are doing what they can to give us as much time as possible.
This is hard news. Yes. But I need to tell you about when we received the news, as his children, on Wednesday, April 24th.
Everything I just shared with you was shared with us that night. Mom and Dad expressed great thankfulness for the kindness they had received at the hospital and they told us about the wonderful doctor and compassionate nurse. And then Dad, thorough his tears but with deep conviction, said:
"You need to know that Christianity is true. Mom and I haven't given our lives to the cause of Christ on a whim. Jesus is alive. Everything He said is true. I am feeling great human emotion in all of this but I have great peace. I am not shaken. I have hope that God can do anything.”
When we finished the call I looked at my husband and said, "he has led our family so well through our lives and he is still leading well. I want to lead like that. Oh God, may we lead like that."
This post is for our pastors and fathers and mothers and leaders. Lead well. Lead with the conviction and the power of the Holy Spirit filling you to overflowing. Lead in the face of the impossible knowing that with God it's all possible. Because it's all true.
Dad's been in and out of the hospital getting tests, scans, biopsies done so the doctors have a better idea for a treatment plan. In true Dad style, it's all been a 'Papi Party' (Papi is what the grandkids call him). We had hoped to go to the cottage as a family this past weekend but more tests sent him to the hospital. My sister, Beth, and brother, Luke, had a campfire in the room instead :)
A later text to the family from Luke said:
Dad has other people's family members in his room visiting. #typicaldad
We all chuckled. Yes. Typical dad. Bringing people into his journey no matter where the journey has taken him thus far. Embracing and praying for people who are hurting no matter how much he is hurting himself. I can only think that it's because it's all true that he can lead like that.
On Thursday, May 2 we will be fasting and praying and we invite you to join us.
But today, my prayer is for you: Lead well.