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!