Well I have quite a bit to share on the blog today.
First a quick update on my journey with cancer. I had my first appointment with my oncologist yesterday. It went well even though we had to wait a long time to see him. He is confident that we can beat this thing. We got some questions answered, but still do not have a stage because that is dependent on the results of a pet scan that I had done yesterday afternoon. We know that chemo will be the course of action. Next week I will get a port placed in my chest so I can easily receive the medicine. It's becoming more and more real, but God is giving me peace along the way.
My heart is broken right now because of cancer. Not only because of my own battle, but because cancer has taken the lives of two wonderful people in the last 24 hours.
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that our good friend at NorthStar, Don Walker, passed away from complications from lung cancer. Don was a true servant and never doubted the Lord's hand in his life. He will be truly missed.
David's grandfather, David W. Vogel, also passed away this morning. He had stomach cancer. What a bittersweet moment for my dear family. Pappa loved the Lord with his whole heart. Not only was he funny and kind, but he was a true leader who provided for his family. His love for the Lord and willingness to sacrifice everything for the kingdom created a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. He was a pastor and teacher and touched so many lives with the love of Christ. It is because of him that David and his father are the true men of God they are today. I consider myself truly blessed to have known him and have spent the little time I had with him. We can mourn the loss of his presence in our lives, but we can also rejoice because he is with his Father now! The Lord has given him the ultimate healing and brought him into His presence. I know that nothing more could be said to him than "well done good and faithful servant." He is an example to us all.
As I think about these men of faith and the battle they fought, I can't help but feel the gravity of this journey I'm on. I will fight for my life in the next few months and I am confident that God will be by my side. Whatever we face in life, we must run forward in faith and trust that our heavenly Father truly cares for us.
I am tempted to question why Pappa had to leave us, why Don had to leave us, and why I have to fight this cancer fight. But I am reminded of the wise words that Pappa spoke just a few days ago. "The Lord has the final word." Because I know that God is good and he cares for us, I can trust in those words. The Lord does have the final word, and I am more than ok with that.