Good Saturday morning to each of you, December 16, 2017:
Most of you know my Saturday morning is listening to the ministry of a valued friend, Art Johnson. Today he talked about how it’s important to not always be flying. He exampled a quail, who is better off scampering through the underbrush, not flying. That speaks to me. For most of us like to be on the move, to get from here to there, to not stop, to always reach out, to always fly, rather than grasp the heart and our faith. And let our heart and our faith grasp us.
Last week I took some time for me. I needed some reflective time, floating a river. Not sure how to phrase it, but casting and waiting for the “take,” ah, somehow that helps me collect myself. Such was the case fishing for steelhead. But, honestly [don’t cough here!] fishing is not everything. Close, but not everything!
What it says, thanks, Art, the time to get from here to there is not always to act, do, effort, strive. To be quiet, to be focused upon the deeper verities of faith and living. In that, our deepest verity is concern for Jason’s health. We are with him, every breath. And we will get him the best treatment, wherever and whenever. And your prayers…and comments…as I indicated, are neither provincial nor insignificant. They tell me that the most viable friendships run deep. For me, many of you are “deep runners.”
He does not have lymphoma. He’s been transferred to a regular room from ICU. We don’t know the hospital release date. The kidney doctor indicates Jason’s battling a very rare condition, C3GN. This has to do with the immune system that’s not working well putting the kidneys at risk. The nephrologist said there are only 700 people with this condition in the USA. We now lean on him to prescribe treatment. No less, we lean on prayers, we lean on your friendship and love. We are not alone. We don’t always have to fly, but we always need to focus. Thank you. A profound word of gratitude to each of you who help us.
Grace and Shalom and Love,