We continue to journey well. Dad most of all. Each day is one of gratitude for the incredible blessings God has poured out over us.
We have come to the end of treatments for Dad. He recently stepped back from all work commitments and we have been focusing on our time as a family. Physically he continues to weaken. His appetite is very low. We are thankful that his pain is managed well so he is comfortable. He is also well emotionally. Spiritually he is doing just fine, resting in the truth of the song "In Christ Alone" that says "No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me. From life's first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny." And in Dad's words: "And who knows, His destiny for me may include healing and my time will be extended, but Psalm 31:15 shares the final word, 'My times are in your hands, O Lord.'"
Mom has been an absolute rock in this journey. She has always been a model of grace, kindness, and thoughtfulness, and this journey has only polished the diamond of who she is.
Dad would like to specifically thank each of you for your prayers and encouraging words. So many of you have held us up through this journey, and we are deeply grateful for each and every one of you.
Life is a fascinating journey that includes death for all of us. As Dad has reminded us through his own journey, that it is nothing to fear but we can plan so we are physically, spiritually, and emotionally prepared to walk home well. We are praying for many of you. Dad continues to remind us all that people are precious and please know that you are precious to us.
I've titled this post 'Peace.' We have tremendous peace that is only from the Lord. But I am struck with the truth that peace is not painless. Peace and pain sit in tension with each other, and they will continue to do so while the Kingdom is here and yet to come.
It's in this tension that I, Jordan, wrote this poem:
If that is what you will
I know you can speak just once
And the storm is calm and still
I know you can bring healing
With just one simple touch
I know your heart's desire
Is much more life for us.
I have been reading through the book of Matthew. I recently read about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. I found much comfort in the fact that Jesus himself asked for another way three times that pain and sorrow-filled night, even as he surrendered to the Father's will. So we continue to pray, and we continue to submit our will to His. All for His glory.