Encouragement Walks with Us and Jason–Keep Casting

Life is always multiple-choice. This or that. Up or down. Verities or fake news. Triage…all the time.

Today Diane and I and Jason are walking with encouraging news. They’ve taken off the breathing tube, his first non-garbled words to Diane, “Mom, I love you.” And then. Ah, so Jason. He asked for Pepsi. When told, “Not now,” he was not happy…Yep, so Jason.

The woods still envelop us. However, we have been so encouraged and partnered by incredible medical staff and so many of you who have sent notes, offered prayers. Wow, such comfort and strength. Thank you…so very, very much.

Am shifting my game plan, although not my “other focus.” Now that I’ve concluded my wonderful-experience preaching/pastoral care ministry in Lexington, I will re-arrange my fishing schedule. Want to make sure Jason’s much better—when that happens, they’ll transfer him to a therapy center. Yesterday it was so wonderful, the therapists helped him sit on the side of the bed. Ah, one step at a time…in the woods, yes, but not controlled by the woods. During Advent when Jason was in the hospital for 3 weeks our Advent sign, “Believe” was on our front door. We’ve taken down the manger scene, but the sign remains. For we do BELIEVE God’s promise to never leave us will always be kept. And. Your friendship is one of God’s greatest blessings.

In all that, even though it was two years ago, I came upon two pictures posted on Facebook by my Forks fishing guide, Bob Ball. Zorba, my Oregon guide and I will hopefully have our 5th Forks adventure in March, in hopes Jason is much better. The two pictures bring me so much joy…for part of me…my DNA for sure, is fishing. Not surprised? The first picture is my playing a steelhead in the dawn of a foggy day. The second, look closely, you can see the bobber and under it a 14-pound wild steelhead. It was kept alive and was taken to a brood pond so it could help create more steelhead in the future.

So, in thought and prayer and presence, we love on Jason.

Still, I look at these pictures and know…in my heart of hearts, my casting’s not done. Nope, not done at all. My love and gratitude to you who care…means the world to me and Diane and Jason.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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