As many of you know, my youngest son, Jeremy (41), came down with an aggressive case of lymphoma (cancer of the blood) on the 3rd of June. The majority of the intervening time, he has basically been in a large and exceptional hospital about an hour away, in Chicago.
His wife Angela has been amazing. She has kept her leadership job, which provides for the family hospitalization. She also oversees the care of their three small children, Eliana (5), Nehemiah (3) and Anelise (1). And she has been incredibly supportive of her husband.
My wife and I live about a mile away, so along with our deep concerns for our son, we obviously help Angela in every way we can. The journey has been a long one for us, and one that is always on our minds.
Several weeks ago, partly as a way to occupy my mind on other matters, I took up a project that in the past gave me great pleasure. Some of you who are older may recall various Advent preaching series I wrote or oversaw that were used by thousands of churches.
These included titles like:
The Christmas You Always Longed For
From Humbug to Hallelujah!
Seasoning the Season
The Amazing Emmanuel
Well, I’ve started writing a new series called Born to Reign. I’ve been able to lose myself in the writing for several hours at a time. It’s been a therapy for me.
I’ll share more details next week. But I would appreciate your prayers as I continue in this creative effort. And if all goes as planned, the series will be available for ministers to use in the Advent season in 2014.
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