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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 30 (entry 12)

Life certainly has changed these days. I would have started my holidays on Monday past,and was looking forward to getting out to the old house in Glenwood to continue the renovations. Those who know me would rightly expect that I would have a real tough time dealing with "forced inactivity". I would agree!
However ,with all that has happened ,and with all that is happening,my energy level really is slowing me down, and I am not troubled by it.

I asked Karen to bring me to Glenwood for a drive on Monday afternoon. Just to get out - kill some time. When we pulled into the driveway I was amazed at how quickly the grass had grown,and I remembered one very sad afternoon during the last summer of my father's life. I was visiting Dad and doing a few chores for him. It was a very hot day,so about half way through cutting the lawn, I shut off the mower and went inside for some cool Glenwood water. Dad was in his bedroom sitting on his bed. He had been watching me. We had a nice chat which ended only when Dad looked at me and said"If I could only take that Lawn Mower once more and...."
He began to cry. I joined him. Dad loved to cut the grass.
I don't have a sense that my grass cutting days are over friends! Although I do wish to be my old self, I am at peace with waiting on the Lord,following the treatment,and focusing on getting better.

People everywhere have been sending their gifts of love and prayers,and I am so thankful. I have been spending my time resting,doing some painting,helping people get ready for the many weddings we have in the parish this summer. I have been spending time in prayer,encouraged by the good wishes and attentiveness of the people in our Parish. Please do keep the emails coming. I love St. Martin's!

My grandchildren from Torbay are with us for a few days,and tomorrow,Lacey and Delilah will be here. They will only be here until Monday,but I am very thankful Lacey is able to get home. She hasn't been able to get a "Daddy Hug",since we found out I have Cancer.
On Friday I will visit the Doctor in preparation for my next round of chemotherapy. Monday will see me back at the Cancer Clinic for the first two chemotherapy drugs,and then to be admitted to James Paton Hospital for another 12o hour mountain of drugs. Tough week coming again - but I claim it as healing time.
Will you agree with me with Gods word in Jeremiah 30:17? “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the LORD.”
So be it, in Jesus Name. Amen.

May God bless you,shine on you and bring you peace. John+


Joanne Laite said...

Just wanted to let you know that you are still in our thoughts and prayers. I hope your next treatment don't make you too sick. Emily, Megan and Shawn say hi!


jacqui said...

Keep on truckin' friend! I am back in Milltown now,but my prayers for you continue,as they will! Jp is back in Hamilton and Jonita is getting ready to fly to Kelowna, BC. to physically meet "Jeff". His grand-mother died and she wants to be there for the funeral. July 14th. We will all cover you with love,faith and prayers!Jacqui

Elsie Norman said...

Hi Rev. John,

I've been there and understand the challenge you are now facing, but one thing I am sure of, is that your strong faith and the prayers of so many peop[le who care, will get you through this journey in the valley. Eight years ago I had a masectomy for breast cancer and by the Grace of God I am still alive. I will never forget the Alpha Course we shared together at Badgers Quay. At that time as I was battling breast cancer you were such an inspiration for me. At the Holy Spirit Week-end I was taken to heights that I had never reached before. I wanted to thank you for that fellowship together and the Blessings I recieved.It is in our darkest hours that we most experience the Divine and are ready to put our "Hand in the Hand of the Man that Stilled the Waters".

I have faithfully followed your blogs and feel that it is a blessing to all those who are going through similar Valley experiences. As you face the weeks ahead I know that God's Grace will be sufficient and many prayers will be offered for you. God Bless!

Anonymous said...

God bless and hang in there, we are all praying for you.

faith said...

Hi Rev. John

I have been reading your blog just recently and have admired your strength and honesty. As a nurse, I have seen much suffering over the years, but I have also been blessed to witness many miracles that only our heavenly Father could perform. Your faith and the love and support of your family and friends will guide you through this journey. God has granted you with the gift of compassion for others, and now it is your turn to receive and embrace that gift from those around you. You and your family are in our prayers.
Take care and God Bless.
Faith Mullett

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