One of the things the apostle Paul told his readers was to
Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6.2 – NLT)
I’d like to ask you to help me do that today and through the rest of this week.
For the last six or eight weeks I’ve been tracking with Jason Holm and his family who are currently with Jason’s parents in Montana. Jason’s father is facing the last stage of glioblastoma, a fast-moving cancer of the brain. I suppose I’m a little more in tune with this than the average guy, since my grandfather died of a brain tumor in 1980, and Dad died of glioblastoma in August of 2002. (Yes, I have an MRI of my brain —we won’t call it normal or anything– on record for comparison’s sake in case it’s ever needed.) Dad and Grandpa are both absent from the body, at home with the Lord (2 Cor. 5.8) and that’s been an immeasurable comfort. Still, my heart goes out to Jason and his family right now. I remember what it feels like to see an intruder like glioblastoma just move in, take over, and then snuff out the life of someone you dearly love.
Though I’ve not met Jason or his family, it’s clear from what he writes that his is a strong and well-founded faith. Lynn, his father, is sure of his salvation and the family is rejoicing in knowing that’s true, but the valley of the shadow of death is deep, even for those with strong faith. Would you take some time today and through the end of the week to help me uphold this family in prayer? If you’ve the time you may want to back-track through the last few weeks as Jason has chronicled the journey. We know that the death of His saints is precious in the sight of the Lord, He told us so in Psalm 116.15. There’s comfort in knowing so, but the pain is still real.
Have you a shoulder you can spare for a time? Help lift this family in prayer? Thank you so much.
Wednesday Evening —
I just read that Pastor Lynn Holm, Jason’s father, is at home with the Lord.
Our prayers shift now, asking comfort, strength, the ability to rest, a myriad of details and arrangements to make in coming days.
Please continue to pray for the family.
Friday Morning —
God is at work! Gently, mightily, tenderly. Keep on praying!
A hospice nurse is open to talking more about what Christ has done for her. Pray.
funeral service Celebration of Lynn’s Homegoing will be Monday afternoon. Pray.
There are dozens of choices and decisions to be made in the next few days and weeks. Keep praying.