Dear family and friends,
Bev and I miss you. And yet, we have felt your wonderful love that has brought deeply comforting encouragement. It has been a little over a month and a half since we received the diagnosis of Bev’s breast cancer metastasized to her bones. The one a night chemo pill, aimed at slowing the spread of the tumors, is much milder than all last years intense treatment. Bev sleeps through the worst of it, and wakes with some soreness and enough energy to pace herself for the many doctor appointments spread out over the week.
Bev loves picking up the grandkids and bringing them home for homework, baths and even dinner a couple days a week. Bev spends time each day on an Advent needle point project that has long been her desire to finish up. Bev and I have had time to sit quietly, talk through our feelings and thoughts, ponder what it is God could be saying and doing in this season of our lives. We find great joy and comfort in the many ways we have been touched and encouraged over the course of our lives. The struggles of knowing the cancer is present and spreading has brought a clarity of the many good and touching moments we have lived with at the hand of God’s grace. People and the experiences of life before us now have a fresh vividness for us to enjoy.
As we have found a good pace now, Bev has kindly and generously encouraged me to take time for a retreat on my own. She understands how valuable this can be for my listening and discerning God’s direction and wellness of my soul. I had planned travel and retreats with Bev and alone as the Sabbatical began back in mid-July. With her diagnosis in Sept, I released all of those plans and felt the time is best spent walking alongside with Bev.
As I have felt rested and refreshed on the way, this gift from God through Bev is welcomed. It took some talking me into it by Bev, but she has persisted to release me to go with her blessing.
By the time you read this I will be stepping onto the deck of a ship leaving out of Miami, headed to the Panama Canal and various stops of the Caribbean Islands. With books to read, journals to write into, and aloneness to listen, I am comforted and encouraged to be still and know my God and His leading into this new season.
I will return home in mid November with a month left of this Sabbatical time. Bev and I hold you in our hearts and prayers with deep grateful joy for knowing you.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” II Corinthians 1:3-4