"I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back." Philippians 3:14
Tomorrow, I head to my second home, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, to begin preparations for six rounds of targeted radiation for a tumor that has nearly doubled in size since January.
I was hoping to get a “no evidence” reading from my last PET/CT scan last month. Unfortunately, this cancer has developed a deep affection for me, and it seems that it has no intention of leaving me anytime soon.
Instead of despairing on the fact that this life-threatening disease is still with me, I am able to look back and see God’s most gracious hand and providence, evidenced by the six years of life He has lovingly provided to me.
I wonder what my final act will be? Will there be a time that I will praise Him for taking the cancer away? Or will I be restored to my original destiny and take my true and noble place in glory among the other creatures blessed dependent on the Creator of all?
In other blogs I wrote that I do not have the luxury to claim victory over cancer, for whom I to boast about tomorrow? For me, I will continuously pray for His strength, peace, and faithfulness, and I will let others pray for a longer tomorrow.
So now, I will continue to reach out for Christ, for He has always been my destiny. This alone need to be my way forward, and not life’s wants nor worries. And I pray that I get up and run toward my final destiny … and not turn back.
Be safe. Be well. Be strong.
It is my pleasure to introduce my newfound brother, John Casey (USN Retired). We have recently learned about each other and have begun virtual chats to get to know each other better. His mother and our father is from the same small town, Ford City, Pa.
He was born on September 21, 1956 and adopted in Norfolk, Va. He grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland before joining the Navy. After 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, John retired from military service and flew for American Airlines. He officially retired after working Navy strike-fighter requirements at the Pentagon. He married his high school sweetheart, Laura. They have been married for more than 39 years. John and Laura have two children and three grandchildren, and all live in Warrenton, Va.