Not any other fall day

Last month, October 10th seemed like any other fall day. Here in Indiana, the leaves had begun to turn color, dew was on the grass and the air had gotten a little crisper. For Kristin and I, it was a day to celebrate a major mile-marker in our journey. That morning, I received confirmation that it has been five years of being cancer free!

The nurse sets up John for an MRI

You have been with us on this journey as well and we thank you.  Along the way, there have been some bumps and bruises, literally. As of today, my doctor says everything looks good going forward.

As we jumped back in the car and sped away, we were both relieved. We were also reminded of how in the midst of the last five years God has always remained faithful. The Psalmist says,

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. …
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
~Psalm 46: 1-3, 10-11

“Be Still and know that I am God.” What calming words in the midst of the craziness of life. I will be the first to admit that at times it did not feel like that. I am sure you can relate. Getting to the place of rest and being still has been character developing and our faith has been stretched immensely. We truly serve an awesome God.

We want to thank you for all of your prayers and encouragement over the past five years. We have watched the body of Christ come together in praying for us, caring for us and loving us. Thank you.

I usually struggle at being vulnerable and sharing my feelings, but as I have expressed gratitude to the Lord for sustaining us, I also want to express gratitude to each of you for walking with us. THANK YOU!

As for ministry, the school year is gaining momentum. Next month we plan on seeing more than 2000 college students here in Indianapolis for our four-day winter conference, IndyCC. We are both excited to see what will happen in the lives of students as they experience four days of Biblical teaching, worship and connection.

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please know as we sit around our table this year, we will be thanking the Lord for each and everyone of you. God bless.


One thought on “Not any other fall day

  1. Dear John,
    We rejoice with you in the news that you are cancer-free. We wish you a joyful Thanksgiving as you celebrate that your five-year uncertainties of the future are over insofar as your health is concerned. We know that your work with the college students will continue to help them to grow in a good life for the future. With love to both of you,
    Grandma and Grandpa.

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