Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are blessed...and thankful

I have stated so many times to high school students that it is easy to say, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord" when things are going well in your life. I have shared my prayer with them that in the darkest of seasons I would wish my faith to be unshaken and remain capable of saying, "Blessed be the name of the Lord." I have even wondered if I would ever be in a place where my heart would choose to say it, but my mouth and mind just wouldn't let me.

On the incredibly wise advise of my trusted friend and partner in ministry, Ralph Cook, I have positioned myself through this process as a listener and husband to Kelley. Refraining from any pastoral or spiritual guidance has allowed her to receive that from someone so gifted with the right words at the right time - thank you Bruce for being our pastor and friend. This has allowed me to just experience Kelley's feelings and questions without coloring them with my own thoughts, experiences, or theology.

I have wondered, however, how this process has been shaping Kelley and what God will be teaching her through it. I have wondered how she might process it and if she would be able to hear His voice through the emotion and anxiety that has been her life for the past few days. I have prayed as hard for her faith in God to remain unshaken as I have for her healing. She has not one time been bitter, angry, or defiant - even before these positive reports started coming in from the doctors.

If you'd like to see how God is shaping her and what she is hearing, read about it here.

Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be Your glorious Name.


  1. God bless and I'll be praying for you all.

  2. I have been following Kelley's blog for quite a while and now will be reading yours as well. Thanks for your example of faith even during this time. God bless you both and keep you strong!