Day 15

Dear Family and Friends,

Today I officially completed one third of my treatments. Three weeks out of nine, fifteen treatments out of forty-four. The time has really flown by. I told Kay today that if the rest of the time goes as fast as the past three weeks, we will be home in about two more weeks!

I am grateful for your prayers, the Lord is good! We could wish that we were home, but I know that the Lord has Kay and I right where He wants us and we don’t really want to be anywhere else!

The Lord is teaching us a lot while we are here.

First, we are learning that we are not indispensable! The world goes on and life continues in all areas without us. It is good sometimes to step back and see how little we have to do with anything. It is good to realize afresh that it is not about me and what I am doing, it is about the Lord and what He is doing.

Second, it is good to be reminded that the Lord has a purpose in everything and to praise Him and thank Him in every circumstance. Nothing can touch us unless it first goes through our Savior. We continually thank the Lord for the gift of prostate cancer and what we are learning about the Lord through it. We thank the Lord for the peace of mind that He has given in all of this and for the assurance that it is for our good.

Life is a series of problems:
Either you are in one now,
you’re just coming out of one,
or you’re getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more
interested in your character than your comfort.
God is more interested in making your life holy
than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth,
but that’s not the goal of life.
The goal is to grow in character, in Christ-likeness.
Rick Warren

Third, we are grateful for the people that the Lord has brought into our lives here. These include new friends, old friends, and family that we have been able to be with and be encouraged by and occasionally, in small ways, be an encouragement to.And this has also been a great time for Kay and I to be together 24/7. I told her the other day that maybe this was practice for retirement! We have been married for 42 years and yet I am learning more every day about why I love her so much!

We are extremely grateful for the prayers and concerns of our friends and even strangers everywhere. We are grateful for our family and especially our children who have so faithfully carried on in our absence. We are grateful for the men and women at Kimray and associated with Kimray, they continue to do a great job serving each other and our customers. We are grateful for the dedicated staff at Character First! and the way they have moved forward in helping people around the world build character in their lives. And we are grateful for the Church at Western Hills and our family there that lifts us up in prayer and carries on the work that the Lord is doing there.

Thank you and we pray for you and for God’s hand in your lives.

Blessings,
Tom and Kay

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