June 17th Family and Fathers

I have completed week one of my treatment.   I had a couple of days of nausea, but overall I am doing well.  I also had to make a quick visit on Friday to the cancer center to get extra liquids to help with my kidney functions.  (Need to drink more water)

I was really blessed to have my mother and my wife take care of me this past week. My sister and brother-in-law came to spend the night and pick up mom. On top of that our daughter-in-law was able to come and visit before taking our car back to Colorado where they are part of a church plant. It has been good to have my family close by these past couple of weeks.

Here is next weeks schedule so you can know how to pray:

Radiation Monday through Friday

Lab work on Monday

Radiation Dr. visit on Tuesday

Oncologist Dr. visit on Wednesday

Lab work on Thursday.

Please pray for my blood counts to stay at good levels.

Today is father’s day and for some reason my thoughts moved toward thinking about Joseph and Jacob in the Old Testament.  In Acts chapter 7 Stephen is proclaiming the word of God and gives a quick history lesson to those in attendance.

Acts 7:12-14 

12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all.[1]

After years of being separated Joseph was suddenly in a position to see his family and to do something for them.  He was able to introduce his whole family to royalty. Not only that, but imagine the emotions Joseph felt when we was reacquainted with his father.  His elderly father thought his son was dead, but God allowed father and son to be together one more time before Jacob was called home to heaven.

Tomorrow will be the two months since my father entered into glory.  This is my first father’s day where I have not been able to talk to my dad.  But just think of it, my dad is able to talk to Jacob.  While I am sad and I have shed a few tears today, I must keep my focus on the future promise that God has for every believer.  Someday, my dad will be introduce me to Jacob, Joseph and all of the other patriarchs of faith.

I love my family and I long to see all of them more frequently than I am able.  However I am so glad to be a part of the family of God.   The eternal promise of eternal life with the eternal family of God is beyond my earthly comprehension.

[1]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ac 7:12–14). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

3 thoughts on “June 17th Family and Fathers

  1. Hello Keith,
    First and foremost… my prayers are being spoken aloud for you my friend. I’m glad to hear that you have been blessed with family visits. I also understand that first fathers day without dad… I too have a father that has gone home and I look forward to the day we are reunited.
    I wanted to share that you always have been and continue to be an inspiration to me. When I look back on my life and see the many course corrections, I know in my heart that you are a part of that journey. I am really prayerfully trying to follow the light God has placed at my feet to guide my steps but wonder sometimes where these steps are leading… thankfully God puts people like you in my life as He promised to encourage me down the path and help point me to the road signs. May God bless you Keith… one day at a time.

    Your Brother in Christ – Jeff
    Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

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