Sometimes things happen that rock our world. We’ve all had them — the things that come out of nowhere, with no “return” tag. The things that change the way we look at everything. That change the way we go from day-to-day. They change what we do, say, and even think. They change how we live our lives. They change us.
And of course, they make us — think.
Last week, “was it only last week?”
“wow. it feels more like forever”
“i know. shhh, just keep praying”
Last week my friend Alex was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.
Alex is every bit a story character of a human being: from his passion and love for life, to the quirky way he’ll tease you into telling him something. His zeal for God has been strong from a very young age and it spills onto all who come in contact with him. Life on the “farm” with his nine awesome siblings and incredible parents has been trial-filled, but wonderful. God has been faithful!
The good and deep or the hilarious memories Alex has helped make, are countless.
As the big brother I always wanted, Alex’s diagnosis has been one of (if not the) very hardest things I have ever faced. After what felt like a lifetime of weeping and living in denial, God finally brought me to the end of myself and I am finally able to see His hand, in a way I never have before. The lessons I have already learned through this are priceless and I am crying out to God for more faith!
As he enters this new season of life, I beg you for your prayers on him, his family, and our whole church. Prayers for healing, wisdom, strength, grace, faith, endurance, an ease of the pain, and for Christ to be glorified.
Financial help, if you are willing, would also be very much appreciated. That can be done right here at the funding page which has been set up for his treatment needs.
“Immediately [he] cried out and said with tears, “LORD, I believe; help my unbelief! ”
—Mark 9: 24
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you also may be glad with exceeding joy.”
—1 Peter 4: 12-13
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Life here on earth will always have trials. Let us remember to find the “grace moments” and remember “it’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance with Him, in the rain.”
It’s the “rainy season” where we live right now and each rainbow means so much; God keeps His promises. ❤ He is with us through the storm.
God is faithful.