The passage of time is an awesome event. I was getting ready this morning when I stepped back and looked, really looked, at our bathroom. I had employed several special craft men, 3 1/2 years ago, to make the room more invalid-accessible. At the time, we believed that Mike would need those adjustments, sooner than later.
One man, a master carpenter, helped me sketch the floor plan and purchase fixtures, flooring, and so forth. Another man, a master painter, had finished the walls and then painted perfectly. At the time, they both believed that this was their gift to their dying friend.
The painter, a young man, passed away this summer in a drowning accident. The carpenter just stepped into eternity this week.
"You never know." Trite but true.
We just returned home from Oakbrook Church where Mike played acoustic
and electric guitars with the worship band. We're learning about
becoming fully committed followers of Christ. Our church's small groups
are meeting weekly to continue the study.Tomorrow, while I return to my classroom and more of the travails of Hester and Dimmsdale, Mike will be out at the oncology center for a CT scan and some blood work. He meets later this week to discuss the results.
Wednesday, Mike will be speaking, once again, at The Kokomo Huddle, which meets every Wednesday noon at the YMCA. Our friend, Dick Vega, will have his life celebrated after that, with a Memorial Mass.
Thursday, Mike will meet with Dr. Moore to discuss the progress of his disease, the effectiveness of his pain medications, and other treatment options.
Friday, we hope to find our way to The Brick, a monthly get together at our friends' home. Then, Saturday, instead of driving to the cottage, we will celebrate the wedding of two very special people, Erin Shultz and Drew Larison.
Within the joy of weddings, we also tread on sad ground. And, as Mike's pain needs sometimes exceed his current medications, we expect to hear some news about his disease.
We know that you pray for us. And, unless we give you specifics, you ask God to meet our needs. And He does.
For this week, we list some specifics for your prayers. Thank you, our friends.