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Jul182009

Post Number Two

UNWELCOME REALITY

July 18, 2009

We are reeling form the discovery that Terry has cancer.  A routine test last week discovered the mass.  Biopsy confirms it.  On Thursday, July 16 we met with the oncologist and the radiologist. She will undergo a six week course of radiation and chemo therapy to shrink the tumor.  Surgery will come late in October.  Once she recovers from surgery she will face four months of follow on chemo therapy.  It is the follow on therapy that is likely to be the worst.

 Neither one of us has ever felt such panic as when the mass was discovered.  Once the word "cancer" was spoken I cannot hardly remember a thing the doctor said.  Her mouth was moving, but I could only hear the word "cancer."  I guess we had become a bit arrogant in our expectation that good health was our right.  We know better than that.  We have no privilege beyond the reach of cancer.

Now we are trying to face this unwelcome reality.  Optimism is justified.  As serious as this is, we have good reason to believe that the treatment and therapy will be effective.  The next ten months will be very difficult and Terry will face things we never wanted to face.  Never the less, we have already been surrounded by the love and the prayers of our family and friends in the church.

How often I have counseled people to trust in God, take one day at a time, and find the blessing in each and every day.  Now it is time for Terry and me to allow others to counsel us in the same way.  To every thing there is a season; a time to serve and a time to be served by others.  This I know.  Nothing is certain ahead of us, but our hearts are filled with confidence and hope.  Whatever may come, the love of God has sustained us and will continue to do so.  

Dave Gladstone

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Thursday
Jun112009

Post Number One

THE CONTROLLING METAPHOR

The title for this personal web page came from a camp fire devotion I did years ago during our annual week at Choir Camp. Knowing that I was required to have something to share for evening devotions, I began to think about images from my past that might serve as a metaphor for the devotion. As always, I began to think about the town of my youth - Frankfort, Michigan.

Frankfort is located on the shore of Lake Michigan just south of what is now the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. A wonderful lighthouse stands at the end of the north pier. That lighthouse fascinated me as a young kid. My whole family loved to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan with the lighthouse standing in silhouette against the horizon. North of town stands another lighthouse. It is the Point Betsie light built around 1870. Pondering those two lights I thought about the difference in their purpose.

The Frankfort light marks the entrance to the harbor. The Point Betsie light marks a shallow reef and a place of danger. I thought about our need to know both in our lives. We need to know our home - where we belong and where we can find rest. Likewise we need to know the places of danger - the places we must avoid if we are to succeed. Life requires that we know both. That campfire devotion eventually became a sermon, and the sermon became the video devotion located elsewhere on this site. My life is lived out in the tension of knowing both my home and the difficulties that life presents. I look forward to sharing that journey with those who care to join me.

Dave Gladstone

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