May we all be so privileged

John Zubek Allentown
John Zubek’s wife, my Mother-In-Law Margaret Zubek, began her journey last night at 6:30pm to reunite with “Johnny”. They were married for 60 years.


October 30, 2017.

November 5, 2017.

Six days separated their Earthy life.

May we all be so lucky.

God granted me and Cheryl the distinct privilege to be with Margaret as she took her final breath.

To me, death, especially from “old age”, is a gift.

To personally witness death’s intimacy is one of life’s great miracles.

Even in birth there can be complications and struggles.

Same with death.

Birth is supposed to be joyous.

Why would death be any different?

Live (and die) like you mean it.

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An Update From Laura

What Do You See?
What Do You See?

How strong is your Faith? How deep is your Hope? Three weeks ago we read Laura’s story about Lung cancer and surrender. If you are looking for strength, or simply want to see it in action, read this update, directly from Laura:

1 Kings 18:41-45

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again”, seven times. And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.” And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

This morning I am in Nashville preparing to go downtown and receive my first TDM-1 infusion. I am filled with mixed emotions. At 10:45 I will receive a drug I did not seek because I did not even know about it; in a hospital that I did not know existed; from a doctor that I had never heard of until two or three weeks ago. It is extremely evident to me that the Lord has brought me to this place. I have no doubt that this is the Lord’s plan for me. And so the verse that keeps running through my head is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

And yet, part of me enters into this new phase of treatment with a guarded heart. I have been seeking God’s mercy for healing for over three years now and thus far His answer has always been, “Not yet.” And that’s what reminded me of the passage from 1 Kings above.

This passage does not tell us much about the servant, but I feel like I can relate to him. If he was Elijah’s servant, he had seen first hand the greatness of the Lord. There was no doubt in his mind that Elijah was God’s prophet. I am sure he trusted Elijah. He probably found joy in obeying Elijah. But don’t you know that on that sixth time of going up the mountain and looking toward the sea that the servant had to be getting a little tired? I am sure he was frustrated. I am sure he was starting to doubt. I am sure he was wondering why Elijah’s timing was so off. It is easy to become tired and frustrated when you are continually looking for something that you cannot find.

But then, on the seventh time, when the servant climbed to the top of the mountain, there it was. Not a storm. Not great darkness. Not a multitude of clouds. No lightening. No thunder. Just a little could the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea. And from that tiny cloud came great rain.

Today, in this treatment, by God’s grace, I see a little cloud the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea. Please pray that God will choose to transform it into great rains of His mercy.

For His Glory,


So here’s my small challenge, “Can we take God’s Grace to work today, does it belong there?”

Miracles Do Happen

Coincidence or God-Incidence?
Coincidence or God-Incidence?

Ever decide to do something at the last minute, like an unplanned errand or something simple like that, and find yourself in a set of circumstances that just feels like God had planned it all along?

Last Friday was like that. Went to my Church to reserve a booth for the September Women’s Expo, and ran into Kim, the wife of Ralph, who selflessly lead our Men’s & Women’s Emmaus groups.

Kim and Ralph have a niece in Miami. And Bella is a miracle. The only person ever, in the history of the world to survive a very rare form of cancer.

Kim had in her hand one of only three copies of Bella’s book, “Why (Not) Me?”

With 180,000 books written each year and 80-million blogs and growing, not to mention Facebook, texting, email, jobs, news channels, You Tube……

Selling a book is next to impossible. All proceeds from this go to cancer research, so selling lots is important. Not to mention the hope and support this offers to others facing their cancer battles.

Bella’s video made me cry.

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