Skip to main content

A note from Dad.

Hi Dear Friends! 

I have enjoyed observing the Journey to Wholeness through the eyes and heart of our daughter, Jordan. We wanted to provide updates to family and friends from time to time so each could be accurately informed, and I appreciate Jordan volunteering to write a blog. Besides, Jordan is my favourite writer!

Please allow me to add a couple of comments. First, it is somewhat surreal to realize that on April 15 I was in Rio de Janeiro on a missions assignment thinking I was getting over pneumonia, to receiving a preliminary diagnosis on April 17 of lung cancer. So, I have been personally processing the rapidity of this rather unexpected and unwelcome journey. In the complex meanderings of my thoughts and the myriad of my human emotions, I find myself anchored by a verse in ancient Jewish literature (written by another David, mind you) Psalm 31:15, “My times are in your (God’s) hands”. So, I believe, in spite of where this journey takes me, God will have the final word because my times are in His hands!

Second, it is been an encouraging delight to connect with family and friends from all over the world, some are believers, some are not. All kindly offer encouragement and hope. Being a personal follower of Jesus, I note how often he prayed, and how he responded when the disciples asked “Lord, teach us to pray?” Consequently, followers of Jesus have “The Lord’s Prayer.” So in my earliest post, I said “We believe there is power in prayer.”

But I recognize that some may not believe in God or in prayer as l do, but please know that God has used your comments and thoughts, making them wonderful gifts of encouragement to me personally and to our entire family. 

We are carried by the church, as Jordan so beautifully wrote, but we feel loving support behind every email sent, every message posted and every card received.

Also, tomorrow morning I begin a specialty “targeted treatment” to confront the lung cancer. Our prayer is for “maximum effectiveness with minimal side-effects”. Feel free to join. 

Now to Him who is able...

Blessings to you and yours!



  1. I am and continue to Pray for you David. Praying for you and your family but especially you. Praying for "maximum effectiveness with minimal side-effects”. May God lead the way❤️

  2. Praying for you in Malawi. You have pastored us from afar and continue to do so. ❣️
    ~ Jef & Renatta Walton

  3. We will join with so many others in praying God's hand in these treatments. He is able. Carman and Linda Webb (Timber River, NB)

  4. We continue to pray for your complete healing. You're right, our times are in His hands.

    Many blessings,
    Peter & Wanda Snow (Renfrew Ont)

  5. I have prayed and fasted for you David though my connection is via Stacey. Oddly though you are the one looking to the community for support, your reflections are powerful and encouraging and potent... and I take to heart... they are all the more meaningful and alive to me as you are sharing from the depths of spirit. Thank you for sharing this part of your journey with us.
    Michael Nelson

  6. My Dear friend, and brother in Christ. I was led to Bethel church in Lions Head this morning where the congregation lifted you in prayer. It was a shocking way to discover your sudden path. My mind drifted to Country church where we last spoke, and then reflected on all the years at the Queensway. Your incredible smile, the glint in your eyes, and your fervent spirit always remained true. Your gentle guidance, and words of truth have remained with me all these years. I know that many, many people are lifting you up in prayer to God, and I will be faithful to do the same. I will also daily lift up your family, praying for God's strength and peace in this journey. Thank you for your guidance, your wisdom, and your example. May the healing hand of God touch your life.
    I'll have a fresh batch of homemade maple butter tarts for you, the next time you make it up here.
    God bless you Pastor David.

    JP Martin

  7. We stand with you in prayer for the treatment and for continued strength in this journey. We so love and appreciate you David.- Dwayne & Jodey Hutchings

  8. Pastor David, thanks for sharing this shocking news in such a natural way that reveals your trust in the Almighty. We will pray with and for you, Stacy, and the family. We should all remember what has become a bit more real to you lately, that our time are in God's hands. Peace and blessings.

  9. As per our 22Bet evaluation, periodically, members from South Korea place bets on sporting occasions and make an easy revenue. Gambling has slowly turn into a very common leisure activity in South Korea over the past years. Table Games - Slots additionally be} the most well-liked casino 바카라사이트 sport on the market, but a Korean casino can’t be full utilizing a|with no} good set of desk games. Indeed, those that choose games of skill can have plenty to ahead to|look ahead to|sit up for} within the online world.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Lead well.

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

Poured out.

David Edward Hazzard November 7, 1953 - May 27, 2021 The below blog post was written in May of 2019. Dad's diagnosis at the time of writing it was "we will do what we can but it's not looking good." Our family looked to God for whatever His will would be—hoping for a miracle, but also preparing for Dad's death. We watched him lose a tremendous amount of weight as he suffered from acute pain; he was on a heavy pain relief regimen and needed 5 litres of oxygen 24 hours a day. He planned his funeral; we started palliative care. His family came to say their goodbyes. Many people may not have realized how critical his condition was at the beginning of the diagnosis. But as you look back and read the journey, you will see what God did. I wrote this post in the middle of all that I just described with a heart fully surrendered to God's plan for Dad, and peace despite the tears streaming down my cheeks. But I was not released to post it. God asked me to wait until t