Last evening I took part in a ‘life celebration’ service of a good friend who is dying of pancreatic cancer – rather than a memorial service, Rich opted for a gathering of friends and family with whom he could celebrate all God has done in and through his life. When it was over, I was reminded how brief, fleeting, and frail our lives are – as I often say, we’re but blips on the eternal screen; wisps of smoke, here one moment, and gone the next. That means what we do in the here and now counts. This is what I must remember on mornings when I feel like “I can’t take anymore.”
Last week's doctor's visit was a cause for rejoicing -- my oncologist smiled and confessed he'd thought for sure chemo would've hospitalized me by now. But it didn't. And it hasn't :-). I reminded him that God usually surprises us when we pray, and with only a couple more weeks to go of cleansing my system, we'll soon be on to the next phase of treatment
This season of rest and recovery has certainly caused me to live life in small steps. And given Galatians 5:25 which says "keep in step with the Spirit," it's obvious the Holy Spirit wants me to take life right now in verysmall steps. It happens to anyone who suffers. Everything is a little more basic, more simple. Even what I read yesterday in Ephesians 5:10, “... find out what pleases the Lord and do it.” How simple can you get? Talk about a purpose for living or an answer to that nagging question, "What is God's will for my life?!" There you have it: find out what pleases the Lord and do it.
And I want to thank EVERYONE who has posted birthday wishes to me this week -- your friends have really made my birthday today bright! I thank God as you've prayed me through every health challenge as of late... for the heaps of Christian encouragement you faithfully send... and best of all, I praise God for you as you stand with me in giving the good news of Jesus through Joni and Friends to people with disabilities around the world.
This past Friday I had a chance to briefly visit the office of Joni and Friends. I didn't realize all the team leaders for our upcoming Wheels for the World trip to Peru would be gathering there, and it was a blessed time with old friends whom I've traveled with on past Wheels trips. As I left the office, I found myself itching to put this 'cancer thing' behind me and "get back to real kingdom work."
Normally I don't talk a lot about my books on this blog, but I'm thinking twice. No book has caused quite the stir as my recent one, A Place of Healing. The day it went to press I learned I had cancer...
As the sun was setting last evening, the undersides of the clouds cast a golden glow over everything in our backyard and beyond – Ken and I just had to stop what we were doing and step outside. I felt an immediate, incandescent joy wash over me, with the sky so big and the moment so heavenly. And being with Ken made it all the sweeter. That got me to thinking…