“Father, we thank thee for thy presence in our life.”
Gathered at the dinner table, my father-in-law uttered these words in prayer before our meal. The next day, he would be placed in the hospital due to hip fracture surgery and now a local care facility.
To hear the diagnosis of cancer is like trying to hold on in the midst of an 8.0 earthquake. The sounds of that word sends rippling emotional effects through your mind and body as well on upon all those around you. Imagine what effect it would have on a congregation when they find out that their relatively young pastor has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Such is the case of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, TN. Pastor Tom Craig is weakening physically day-by-day, yet in the midst of it all, ORBC, along with the Craig family are being strengthened moment-by-moment by the awesome grace of God.
One the members of ORBC, Brad Zockoll, has been giving us a very transparent glimpse into this church’s journey with their dear, beloved pastor. Today, I share with you the link, august-week-5-the-hollowness-of-cancer. Please take the time to read Brad’s comments from Week 5 as well as the prior posts.
Intercede for Tom & Kim and the congregation of ORBC. Learn from them as you read these posts. Praise God for them and with them.
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life (Psalm 119:49-50).