Carol Wilson Update

Stage 4 Cancer brought many challenges--and also a host of loving and praying friends. Almost-daily postings to this site are to help my friends walk with me through this journey, and to express my gratitude to them and especially to God...On 7/8/08 Carol passed through that final curtain of death and is now healed. We thank God for her life and "arrival"! Chuck

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

January Update

I was reminded that it has been some time since I did a blog update.  The combination of travels and medical challenges slowed me down a bit these past few weeks but I am thankful to be doing better and catching up a bit now.  

I enjoyed Christmas with part of my family in Tennessee, hosted by Justin, Laura and their delightful two daughters. As we approached their church on Christmas Eve in unseasonably warm weather, it 
was exciting to walk through the artificial snow that was falling on the entry walk.  Calli joined Ella and Sophia to pause for a quick photo in the “storm.”  The family oriented program was designed for all ages and began with a delightful rendition of the Christmas story narrated by small children with adults acting it out to the delight of all ages.  It was a thrill for me to listen to the two little gals talk about Jesus with a youthful grasp of who Jesus is today.  No longer a babe in a manger, but Savior, Lord…GOD! The one who “is all, and is in all” as the Scripture reminds us.

It has been another exciting year for me living in the SIM Village among people who have devoted their lives to serve Jesus throughout the world.  While having initial concerns about being around only “old” people, I have been blessed by the youthful hearts of these seniors and delighted to have the opportunity to spend time with several young friends that just “happen” to come across my path.  Each one provides a new dimension to my life, helping me to better see myself as God sees me and hopefully adjusting my thoughts and actions to be more closely in line with HIS plan!

I trust that each of you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. I wish you a blessed and HAPPY NEW YEAR filed with HIS Joy and peace!

Love to all,


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Busy Month

It has been a busy month with travel, medical tests and decisions.  I enjoyed spending several days with some of the family members at the lake over the 4th and am thankful to have the health and strength that the Lord provides to continue to travel.  As usual, the fireworks at the lake were outstanding but being with family members is absolutely the best.  We don’t see each other as often now that we are nearly twice the distance apart, but we make good use of every hour that we have when the opportunity comes.  Hopefully I will be able to get together with other family members shortly. 

It seems that my respiratory problems are taking a toll on my heart, so at the suggestion of my pulmonologist I am now seeing a cardiologist.  My EKG left some questions so I recently had an Echo which confirmed potential problems which has generated an upcoming appointment with the hospital cardiologist to determine the advisability of having an Angio which does not sound like much “fun.”  As it comes to mind, please pray that the Great Physician will give wisdom to both the medical people and myself

As I continued to read through the Psalms this morning, I was challenged by Psalm 71 which appears to have been written by an older person, possibly King David in his later years.  He reminds us that even in our older years, we should continue to be an active testimony to those younger people in our circle of influence; “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” (Acts 71:17-18)

I trust that each of you will have a blessed weekend!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

I had a delightful visit with daughter Lisa in DC and we were thrilled to have son-in-law Keith join us for a couple of days. We enjoyed staying in Lisa’s new home there which gives her considerably more room along with a nicely landscaped yard to enjoy.

While Keith was with us, we took a walk over to the Soldiers and Airmen’s Home where we toured the home that we were told Abraham Lincoln spent more time as president than he did in the White House.  It was interesting to learn more about Lincoln and his desire to be close to returning service men to encourage them and get first-hand reports on the war which was a great concern to him.  The home was only a short horseback ride from the White House so he could return quickly if needed.

I was pleased with the extra stamina that I had for the trip so I am feeling more confident about attempting some longer trips this summer.  It seems that I am getting a good balance with medications keeping the side-effects minimized while still accomplishing their purpose.  Some of these wonder drugs can generate side-effects that may cause more problems than they alleviate. 

I trust that each of you had a blessed weekend and are ready for the new week.

Love to all,


Saturday, May 21, 2016

For such a time

As some of you have noticed, I have been quite delinquent in adding a periodic blog.  With health issues along with Internet problems and just keeping up on essential matters, I have delayed in posting. I thought I had touched base with all regular readers by email but if you were missed, please respond and I will do my best to keep you updated even when I do not get to the blog.

I seem to be making progress with my health, continuing to be thankful for the wisdom that the Lord continues to provide each day.  I've added biking with my walking routine along with making adjustments in my diet as recommended by the doctors.  A few weeks ago I was in the Charlotte area visiting several friends and catching up on a few things at the office.  Shortly I will be driving to Washington, DC to spend some time with daughter Lisa.  Thankfully, I am still able to get around to see the family and they also visit me here.

I just finished reading the book of Esther.  I don't recall the word "God" ever being mentioned in it, but it was most obvious that He was in full command throughout the book!  A phrase  that always challenges me in that book is; "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"  (Esther 4:14b)  It is so easy to classify myself as "retired" and not feel responsible for those within my circle of influence, but what a mistake.  God continues to bring those across my path in the most unique ways giving me opportunities to be a channel through which He can work.  While He can use others if I am not willing, I would then miss the tremendous blessing of these new friendships and of being a small part of God's work in their lives.  Esther challenges each of us with her obedience to God, her response regardless of possible danger and discomfort:  "...And if I perish, I perish." (4:16b)  Esther did not just blindly charge ahead when made aware of the serious situation with her people.  First she sent word for her people to fast and pray for three days and she joined them in the fast seeking God's guidance in prayer.  When the time was "right" Esther was ready!  I am challenged to also be ready to step forward with God's guidance as He opens opportunities of service for Him.

I trust that each of you is doing well and looking forward to a blessed day tomorrow!

Love to you all,


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Catching Up

As you no doubt have noticed, I have been delayed in getting a blog out.  The breathing problems seemed to hit me rather hard so I have been working on that with my pulmonologist.  He prescribed a short course of some strong drugs to help open the passage ways and has now put me on some new medications that seem to be helping.  I can sure relate with the fellow that said; “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters!”  I am thankful for the improvement that is allowing me to get in more exercising which is necessary to keep my lungs and heart functioning as best as they can.  They have served me well for many years so I suspect that it is not surprising that those organs could be getting “tired.”

I was thankful to have Keith, Karin, Gavin and Calli visit during spring break from college.  We were able to spend a few days together at the St. Pete beach where I got some good walks in along the shore.  The walking coupled with the salt air seemed to help my breathing.  Sue flew down from Michigan while we were there and joined us briefly.  She and I then took a trip over to the Bahamas to visit Carol’s sister Ruth and her husband for a few days.  It was a delight to have all of them down here for a visit.

One benefit of being slowed down a bit with health issues has been to have extra time reading.  As I read the last chapters of Judges seeing the spiritual and moral decline of the nation, it seemed like I was reading the front page of our current newspapers…”…everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 17:6b) Those were some rather dark days for the nation.  It seems that the nation had no remembrance of its divine origin and I fear that we are much in the same position currently.  We have much to pray about!

I trust that each of you is doing well and that you have a blessed week.

Love to all,


Monday, February 22, 2016

Blessings & Challenges

The past couple of weeks have been filled with both blessings and challenges.  A tremendous blessing for me was a visit from a long-time friend from Michigan.  He and his wife have been friends for over 60 years and he too is now single, having also lost his wife to cancer this past fall.  We spent much time recalling fun times together as families and he reminded that he and his wife enjoyed watching the relationship between Carol and me grow and move toward our marriage in 1959.  Many details I had forgotten so it was a delight to “travel” back over the years with him remembering so many blessings that God brought into both of our lives.  We didn’t get a lot of sleep, but what a blessing as we laughed, prayed and shed a few tears together!  If God continues to give us the health and strength, we will resume our stories this summer in Michigan.

My medical report was not as good as I had hoped, but I am thankful that God is in control and actually I am not quite sure why we try to hold on to this life so tightly when I have no doubt about my future with the Lord, free of the cares of this world and the infirmities of age.  My internist/pulmonologist doctor seems to feel that there is a good chance that I may fall into the 3% margin of error providing an additional period of reasonable quality of life if we make some major adjustments.  Time will tell how this all works out but at the moment I am doing dramatically better with my breathing.  Hopefully the insurance company will soon agree and be willing to assist in the cost. 

As I continue my reading, moving into the book of Deuteronomy, I am reminded that while disobedience and rebellion delayed the Israelite’s trip by about 40 years as they wandered in the dessert and cost over 1 million lives, God often uses such times to strengthen and mature us for what lies ahead.  That was true for individuals like Moses, David, John the Baptist and the apostle Paul.  Even Jesus spend 40 days in the wilderness near the Dead Sea being tempted.  This is a good lesson for me, not to become bitter or disobedient to God because of any “problems.”  As we see in Scripture and through past experiences also, this may be preparing us for fruitful and exciting tasks ahead.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  (James 1:4)

Love to you all,


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Health can be a challenge

It seems that I have been excessively occupied with health issues these past few weeks.  I had laser surgery on both eyes over a period of two weeks but I received a favorable report yesterday about the success of the surgeries which I am glad to have behind me.  Also during these past weeks my COPD has been causing me excessive trouble and I am attempting to manage it without taking excessive medications.  My pulmonologist has been out of town, but I will see him on Friday to consider any other options that may be out there.  I will also be going over the new results of an extensive blood work-up done in Boston which may give us a bit more insight. 

In spite of the extra physical challenges, I have been able to keep quite active without missing very many planned events.  A few things however have been delayed a bit.  There seems to be a multitude of “bugs” going around lately, so hopefully it may be that I have just picked up one of those that is aggravating the COPD. 

As I finished the book of Leviticus and start reading Number I continue to see the results of poor choices that generated painful consequences.  The nation even managed to stretch a possibly eleven-day hike into a forty-year journey while heading for the promised land of Canaan.  I have a difficult time just visualizing what that was like with possibly 2-3 million people traveling together.  The logistics in moving that many people sounds overwhelming.  Moses and Aaron certainly had their hands full!

I am in a men’s Bible study on Tuesday evenings that consists of a nice range of ages which generates some good discussions.  Currently we are in a study on prayer and it is a blessing not only to study the Word of God together, but also to be able to share the various challenges and pains that guys are experiencing caused by poor choices and to pray together, watching God work in amazing ways in individual lives.  It is easy to see that it is through obedience that we receive the blessings of God.

I trust that each of you is enjoying special blessings from our Great God this week!


Saturday, January 23, 2016


I finished the book of Genesis a few days ago and am continuing through the book of Exodus.  This morning I was reflecting upon the contrasts and similarities between Joseph and Moses.  In their youth Joseph grew up in a typical Hebrew home while Moses spent his youth in a palace.  Joseph came close to being murdered and Moses was on the run for the murder that he committed.  Joseph rose to the position of Prime Minister of Egypt while Moses was demoted from his high position. 

It is interesting how both men had an encounter with God under most unexpected circumstances.  Joseph had visions and Moses came face to face with him in the burning bush.  Both were used by God to impact multitudes of people for God’s own glory!  Joseph saving a great number of lives by providing relief from a famine.  Moses by letting God work through him to lead God’s people out of slavery.  The thing that struck me most, was that both men made crucial decisions that ultimately affected their destinies and impacted multitudes for God’s glory.  At that time I am certain they had no idea what a tremendous impact those “little” decisions would have for their people as well as themselves!

I have reflected much on the “what ifs” should they have made other decisions, along with looking back at some of my past decisions.  Most of those answers will remain unknown but most certainly their lives would have ended dramatically different if they had not been obedient to God.   They would have missed the peace, joy and satisfaction as they finished their earthly lives.  That only addresses the end of this life which has a termination point.  Then let your mind attempt to wrap around what their next life became and the fact that it will have no ending.  Its eternality is equally difficult to grasp with my finite mind.

A few days ago I had an email from a dear friend saying; “I feel the Lord talking to me through James chapter one and I’m asking for His help to be the man he wants me to be.”  That really caused me to focus on what I had been reading and recognize that same desire seeing that it will be the decisions that I make from here on that will determine how well I finish this life and how prepared I am to go through that final curtain separating these few years to my eternal life.  After reading friend Mark’s email, I went back to James chapter one and was convicted of the importance of more closely listening and responding to God’s Word and to His Holy Spirit’s leading!  I am thankful for friends like Mark and for you who continually encourage and challenge me.

May God be providing a “Mark” in your lives to encourage and challenge you also!

Love to all,


Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year

I just received some fantastic news from my friend Ray in Charlotte.  His wife Mary has undergone a successful kidney transplant and is anticipating release from the hospital on Friday.  Some years ago Mary’s kidneys were rapidly failing when she had a transplant which served her well until a few months ago when it became apparent that a replacement was urgently needed and there was some question if an adequate match could be found in a reasonable time.  What a thrilling answer to our prayers to get this news!  At the same time I received a message that my friend Royce has been transferred to a nursing facility as the effects of age are taking their toll on him.  Please join me in praying for both Royce and his wife Beverly as they adjust to the changes.

This was a reminder to me that the powerful God of Creation not only made the world, but wove each of us together, knowing all about us while being ready and eager to be our best friend, guiding, providing and working through us accomplishing His purpose, as we turn to him by faith.  As I have been reading the book of Genesis, God showed himself strong many thousands of years ago in lives of people like Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph just as he does today in the lives of His people.  At this age, I frequently stop to evaluate my own life asking God to clearly show me any areas that I need to change to finish this life well. 

As we age, often unanticipated challenges may face us.  I am finding my COPD to be more troublesome lately and found it necessary to schedule laser eye surgery for later this month to hopefully arrest deterioration of my sight.  Modern medicine is a tremendous blessing but it has its limitations.  Fortunately the only limitation to God’s strength is that of His loving will.

I trust that you are each doing well as we rapidly move into the New Year.

Love to you all,


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Joy

Either I am slowing down or else more opportunities than usual seem to be crossing my path.  Likely it is a combination of the two.  I have been delayed in getting a blog out and also decided against pushing to get a Christmas letter in the mail this year.  There were just not hours enough in the day so I decided that it was more important to spend face to face time with people.

Last week I made a trip to the Virginia Mountains to attend the memorial service and burial of my dear friend Stuart who so valiantly fought Multiple Myeloma and more recently added the challenges of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease during the past months while here in Florida.  It was a delight for me to visit the church situated on the top of a knoll in the mountains where Stuart was a founding member, and have an opportunity to visit with a number of his relatives that live in the area. It was a sunny but brisk day when I arrived for the service, but as I drove down the mountain at dusk, snow flurries were falling past the beam of my headlights.  I was glad to leave that weather behind!

The following day I attended a second service for Stuart in Charlotte, spending the weekend there to visit a number of long-time friends, some who are facing some difficult physical challenges.  I was also able to visit several other friends in route which was a blessing catching up with each other and being reminded that God is in ultimate control of our lives and the situations around us.

It has been a busy time here in the village and at church with many activities over the holidays.  My family was scattered for Christmas, but will be getting together in Michigan for New Years.  I have decided that it is best for me to avoid the potential cold considering the danger of developing some respiratory problems from the anticipated weather.  Those physical weaknesses seem to become magnified as the years pass.  Hopefully as we gain in age we will also gain wisdom about the care of our bodies and lives.  That reminds me of some thoughts from Moses that continually challenge me:

“Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures, yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away…Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom…Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:10-14)

Love to all,


Tuesday, December 08, 2015


After a long day driving home from an unplanned weekend trip with a dear friend to Georgia, followed by a late lunch meeting with another friend in Sebring, a visit to the Hospice House with Stuart’s family as Stuart remained unresponsive, laboring with each breath awaiting the call of his beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus, and finally attending an evening prophecy meeting, I received in the night a message; “Stuart is with the Lord.” 

A multitude of emotions hit me ranging first, one of tremendous joy knowing that he is now free of the pain and cares of this world and tenderly carried to his eternal heavenly home with his beloved Lord Jesus, joining multitudes of friends and family members in heaven.  On the other hand great grief at the loss of a dearly loved friend who has stood faithfully by me and a great number of others, ministering, encouraging and supporting us through those difficult times of life and joyously walking with us during the bright days. 

Having recently finished reading the book of James, I see Stuart as a prime example of following James words; first putting his faith in the Lord Jesus and being obedient to His Word, but then following that by devoting a lifetime of allowing the Lord to shape his life, thoughts and actions, to use him so that our Great God could work through him in each of the lives that his life touched…mine being just one of many!

As I waited for sleep to come late last night, many wonderful memories flooded my mind but at the same time I was challenged by the degree of my trust and obedience to what Jesus is telling me through his Word and His Holy Spirit.  I thank you Lord for the way you have used, and will continue to use Stuart along with many other believers to challenge me in my daily walk.  Help me not only to hear but also to quickly obey you!

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.”  (Psalm 116:15)

Love to you all,


Wednesday, November 18, 2015


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  (Colossians 2:6-7)

Thinking ahead toward Thanksgiving, as I read the above verse, I was reminded about how much our Lord has done for us and how easy it is to neglect to thank Him for those blessings.  It can also be a real challenge to live a life completely in accordance with His will.  It certainly is easy to get diverted with incidental things and likely miss even additional blessings that were aimed in our direction.  During this holiday season I am focusing upon both being thankful for the Lord’s blessings while at the same time asking Him to illuminate each area of my life that is not perfectly aligned with His will.  Hopefully this will result in a daily examination of my life throughout the year.

I have been blessed with visits from daughters Karin last week and Lisa this week.  It was fantastic to be able to have some quality time together.  What a blessing family and friends are!  I will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with part of the family in Indiana so I am busy wrapping things up to make the trip.

My dear friend Stuart is continuing to experience additional effects from the CJD both mentally and physically.  It is always difficult to travel those “roads” with loved ones but a tremendous blessing to know where that road leads for him.  All of his children were with him for a long weekend, returning to their homes on Sunday.  Daughter Rachel returned again briefly to assist with some urgent needs but will be returning home tomorrow.

I trust that you each enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Love to all,


Sunday, November 01, 2015


I realize that a bit of time has passed since I last sent out a blog so will do that tonight before retiring.  This morning I was reading Colossians and was challenged by The Apostle Paul’s desire for the people in Laodicea:  “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ in whom are hidden all the treasurers of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Col. 2:2-3)  Later on in that chapter he talks about the Spiritual fullness of Christ along with the freedom that we have when knowing Christ.  I was challenged as I read those verses by how easy it is for me to miss opportunities that God brings across my path to be a positive witness for Him.  I can come up with all kinds of excuses from being too busy to not feeling qualified for the task, but the bottom line is that He has already equipped His own people to respond to those needs according to His will so I should not delay in my response!

Stuart continues to battle the CJD which is continuing to weaken him in mind as well a body but he continues to fight the good fight, trusting God for all that lies in the future and thanking Him for all that He has given him.  While he may easily lose his train of thought when talking, he still remembers to pray diligently for many.  As we pray together I am always amazed at his ability to pray without losing those thoughts and only occasionally has trouble recalling a specific name.  Please join me in praying for him, Donna and the family as they travel this difficult road together.

Monday I was having lunch with a friend.  As we were about to get up from the table in the restaurant, he said that he was feeling a bit “funny.”  Within moments I could see color flushing from his face.  He indicated having a bit of pain and wondered if I would drive for him back to his house.  By the time we got into the vehicle his pain was excruciating so I took him directly to the hospital ER to find that he was passing a kidney stone.  After apparently passing it, he was released but has been having similar pains at a lesser intensity these past two day.  Pray for Mike as he meets with the doctor tomorrow to find what is causing the continual pain.

I trust that your days are going well and always enjoy your emails and notes updating me about your lives and of your family members.

Love to all,


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Being Prepared

My trip to Charlotte went well, returning Don back home and bringing Rachel here to spend a week with Stuart and Donna.  Unfortunately Rachel came down with some symptoms of strep after arriving,  so she was not feeling 100% and had to be extra cautious not to pass any germs on to Stuart.   She is now back home and improving.  I was pleased to be able to bypass the worst of the flooded area in South Carolina but we saw considerable evidence of the floods as we skirted the area.  Much of I-95 was still closed but I understand that repairs have been made and it is now passable.  Diverting that much traffic to secondary roads must have caused great frustration for those trying to pass through that area.

I always enjoy the wild life activity around the lake here.  A pair of Egyptian Geese have been coming through my yard squawking loudly and I often see them perched on the high Osprey nest across the lake apparently deciding if that is the place to call home.  Today an Osprey has arrived and has been perched on the pole several hours being a major deterrent to the geese returning, so it will be interesting to see which will finally take over.  So far I have only seen one Osprey up there but another could arrive at any time.  If the Osprey decides on that particular nest, it will be no contest.  The geese will have to find another location.  The only bird that will discourage the Osprey is an Eagle which appears always at the top of the “pecking order.”

Yesterday I was listening to Chuck Swindoll wrap up a discussion about the life of Joseph, recalling his amazing life and the way God responded to his obedience to Him.  He drew two thoughts from Joseph’s life which I found to be important reminders for me:

“To grow old free of bitterness is the best gift we can leave humanity.”  (Our families also)
“To face death right with God and with man is the best way to face eternity!”

Daniel’s life is a fantastic example of finishing well.  Facing extremely painful and difficult obstacles while keeping his focus upon God, whom he fully trusted.

Love to you all,


Monday, October 05, 2015

Challenged to Pray

I had planned to be on the road today for Charlotte but was delayed by the reports of a shut-down of I-95 in South Carolina due to flooding.  After checking with the SC Department of Transportation I am trusting that we can get through the area tomorrow without too much delay.  At the moment the plan is to leave here around 1:00 AM, anticipating some delay dealing with additional traffic being rerouted through Columbia.  Hopefully I can get Don back home and still have time to meet with several people at the office in Charlotte before returning on Wednesday.  It has been a treat to have him visiting for a few days.

Last evening as we were comfortably sitting with a group far from the flooding disaster discussing the severe weather and looking at pictures of some of the flooding conditions, when Stuart stood up.  Getting the group’s attention, he reminded us of the importance of focusing upon the individuals rather than the mess and the property loss, suggesting that it was time to pray!  A solemn hush came over the group as we stopped to consider the “real” seriousness regarding individuals and their souls.  Several in the group prayed for the huge number of individuals impacted by the storm recognizing the need for protection, comfort and wisdom in each situation but also for a positive Spiritual impact upon each of the struggling individuals along with their families and friends.  It was a timely reminder of God’s Word telling us that such disasters will occur prior to the Lord’s return to earth.  Such happenings certainly do remind us of the power of God.  That was the focus of our study and discussion this morning when Don and I sat around the breakfast table continuing our study of the Bible.   It was amazing how our study applied to the current disaster.  I am always amazed at how often that happens and allows me to see something that I have never seen before and likely something that I need to apply to my life.

I trust that your week is going well and that you have not been involved in the flooding.



Saturday, September 26, 2015


I have been enjoying as well as challenged by the book of Romans, finishing chapters 7-8 this morning and thankful for the way that the Lord transformed Saul the prosecutor into Paul the Apostle who in turn was used to write some amazing letters that have come down through the ages and are available to us to better understand God’s will for our lives.  As I read these last chapters I was reminded of hearing someone say that Paul was emphasizing know, know, know rather than no, no, no…placing the focus on God’s grace and Jesus rather than their abundance of man-made laws.   Chapters 5-6 give us the keys for dealing with the penalty of sin and also the power of sin.  How fantastic it is to know that both the penalty and power of sin have been already dealt with for believers in Christ, but that does not mean the end of all temptations!  Romans gives us great guidance in dealing with that issue also.  As I work through those chapters, it is always a tremendous joy coming to Chapter 8 that begins “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”  (8:1-2) The end of that chapter is also a tremendous encouragement as we are told; “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (8:39)

Earlier this week I had a call that my grandson Gavin had suddenly passed out in his dorm room, falling face down on the floor.  He was rushed to the hospital to get stitches and given medication.  He had been fighting a nasty sore throat and other flu-like symptoms and had been studying late for a couple of difficult exams as he begins medical school.  Apparently all of that caused him to pass out hitting the floor mighty hard, causing the cut and some loose teeth.  I talked with him a few minutes ago and he is feeling somewhat better but finding it a challenge catching up on class work while not being completely recovered.  Please join me in praying for complete and quick healing along with clear thinking as he catches up on class work.

I trust that you have a blessed weekend!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Life Well Lived!

With Stuart’s arrival in Sebring, it was a tremendous joy for me to have two Spiritual Giants (Jerry & Stuart) living close by.  Unfortunately both have been battling cancer for some time.   As neighbors, they were able to encourage each other as they continued down the final stretch of life.  While I was at the lake in Indiana with my family, I received a call that Jerry had passed on and was now free from the severe pain that had accompanied his cancer during his final weeks.  His passing occurred on what would have been our 56th anniversary making it a date I will not quickly forget!

I drove directly home making only one visit in Nashville to spend a few hours with one of my former pastors from Charlotte.  I had not seen Tom for about ten years so there was much to discuss.  I was thankful to put those 1,200 miles behind me in a couple of days and return in time for Jerry’s services.  On Friday evening I was honored to be invited to join the family and a small group of friends at the funeral home.  On Saturday morning I attended the burial and later the memorial service at his church in the afternoon.  Recalling the many of us that Jerry has volunteered to move, the mode of transportation for his body from the funeral home to the cemetery was the vehicle he was most comfortable driving…a Penske truck!  Bev his wife, told me that she was certain he would have chosen that over a hearse, given the choice.  Each of the services was a blessing and a tremendous encouragement to follow the lead of such giants of the faith to be assured of completing my life well also.

It has been a rather busy time since my return but I am thankful to be safely home after being able to visit family members and friends in several states these past weeks.  If the Lord continues to provide the strength and health, I hope to visit many more of you in the not too distant future.

Love to all,


Monday, September 07, 2015

Happy Labor Day

I have enjoyed a delightful Labor Day weekend with family members at the lake house in Indiana.  Gavin and Calli joined us from college, Lisa flew in from DC for the weekend and Karin and Keith kept us well fed and busy with fun family activities. 

With a good internet connection, I am now able to attach a photo of one of the 1,000’ ships coming through the Sault locks as seen from Sue and Jeff’s living room.  This one is an iron ore carrier.  Occasionally a ship from another area of the world will pass by. One day I saw a load of new Volkswagens.

For several of you who have asked, here is a photo of my newest great grandson, Jacob, with his dad Jeremy.  It has been a delightful trip with many special visits along the way.

Tomorrow I plan to head back to Florida and have been pleased that the weather turned warm here.  There is evidence that fall is not too far away as the maple trees are starting to show some color and a few other trees are starting to lose leaves.  After these several weeks away, I am looking forward to returning home and not having to live out of a suitcase for a while.

I trust that each of you is enjoying a fun holiday weekend.

Love to all,


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Northern Most Point

I have reached the northern most point in my trip, arriving yesterday in Sault Ste. Marie, MI to visit daughter Sue and her husband.  Sitting in their living room I look out over the St. Mary’s River watching ships heading to and from the Sault Locks.  Across the river in Canada, the wind turbines slowly turn, generating power for the Canadian Sault.  The huge ships passing by are always interesting with some coming from far-away countries, having entered the great lakes through the St. Laurence Seaway.  Tomorrow I will begin my return south spending the weekend at the lake in Indiana with family members before moving on to Florida.

Late last week I was amused as I listened to various media people discuss the hurricane heading for southern Florida on Sunday/Monday, with one reporter even attempting to suggest a possible similarity with the one that struck New Orleans ten years ago.  Actually the reports did cause me to call friends back in Florida, only to find that they were only anticipating a bit more rain from the storm as it passed by.   I suspect that the more dramatic reports do generate more listenership for programs but at the same time I wonder how often after hearing the “wolf cry” too often, people in a targeted area may ignore warnings and be unprepared for the real event?

With all of my visits, it has been a bit of a challenge for me to keep up on my daily reading in the book of John, but today I was able to complete the final chapter and continue into the book of Acts.  I like the way that John with his first-hand reporting was lead to relay events, moving the reader to the point of commitment upon believing in Jesus as God’s son.  It is extremely difficult to argue with any degree of rationality, when seriously evaluating the evidence that John gives, much of which was from his own observation.   

I always appreciate your calls and emails as I travel keeping me updated about your lives and reminding me of your prayers.  That is a tremendous encouragement!  Currently I am unable to make or take phone calls because they would be handled by the towers across the river in Canada at a rather high roaming cost.  Fortunately I get prompt text messages reminding me of the potential problem when the signal passes over to those towers so my phone is turned off until I move further from the border tomorrow.

I trust that your week is off to a good start and that you are experiencing the Lord’s presence in your lives providing His peace and guidance!

Love to you all,


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Travel Continues

My trip has been going extremely well.  I was able to spend a couple of days with friend Keith in Raleigh/Durham and the weekend with daughter Lisa in Washington, DC.  While in DC we visited the National Arboretum and hiked out to see the Capitol Columns.  The columns were part of the east portico of the capitol constructed in 1828, standing there proudly until 1958 when an addition was added to the capitol.  At that time they were moved into storage.  In the 1980’s they were placed on foundation stones also removed from the east side of the capitol, and located on a large elevated 20-acre tract at the National Arboretum.  They reportedly are the most photographed feature of the huge arboretum grounds with incredible detailed workmanship at the top of each column, perched on a hill attracting much attention from visitors.

I have been enjoying a relaxed couple of days at the lake with Karin and Keith but will continue on to Chicago tomorrow, visiting friends at Moody, then continuing on to spend a bit of time with Carol’s brother Phil and wife Nancy.  It is a great blessing to be able to visit so many friends and family members on this trip.

During my travels I have been studying the Gospel of John, enjoying a review of the encounters that Jesus had recorded by John, again being reminded by John that “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God.”  (John 20:31)  I always enjoy John’s focus on the miraculous signs Jesus performed to validate his position as The Son of God.  They are practical and in an easy to understand format but I continue to find new truths every time that I reread them.  They certainly confirm the validity of the Scripture!

Thanks so much for your continued prayers as I travel.  I think and pray for each of you frequently.

Love to all,


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Travel ahead

It has been a great thrill for me to be available to help a bit in moving Stuart and Donna to Sebring and see them getting nicely settled into their new home.  It was only with God’s help, guidance and strength that it was accomplished, but we are all thrilled to have them here.  So far the major effects from Stuart’s CJD has been a slowing down and memory gaps, but I have to admit to having that in my own life on a smaller scale without CJD.  When one of us in the village can’t recall something there is always someone that is quick to remind us that; “You belong here!”  J
With the move completed now, I plan to head out tomorrow to visit family members and friends along the way.  My first stop will be with friend Keith in Raleigh/Durham, then on to Washington, DC to spend the weekend with daughter Lisa.  From there I will spend a couple of days at the lake house in Indiana before continuing on.  I have two new great grandchildren that I will be excited to meet for the first time as I continue my trip from there.  Join me in praying for safe travel over the many miles.

As I have been reading through the gospel of Luke these past few days, I have been exploring the parables of Jesus, asking the Lord to show me what He wants me to learn from each one.  I have been amazed at how much more I have learned from each one as I prayerfully consider how it applies to my life and the adjustments that I need to make.  The slower study and greater focus upon the application of each chapter for my life this year has caused me to dig even deeper into the background and application of what I am reading.  Some mornings I am enjoying it so much that I have a difficult time getting up and continuing to move on to the tasks of the day.

I know that many of you have been visiting family members and friends, enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  I think of you often and trust that our paths will cross again soon.

Love to all,


Friday, August 07, 2015


Awakening hours before the dawn, the words “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?”  In the fogginess of my mind at that moment, it took a bit of time recalling the remainder of that verse.  (Micah 6:8)  I turned on the light, turned to the verse and was reminded; be just, merciful and humble!  As the impact of each of those three commands turned in my mind, I had to say IMPOSSIBLE!  But the final three words of that verse relieved my concern; “…with your God.”  Absolutely possible knowing and “walking” with God!  With that, I had to reread all seven chapters to fully assimilate the text.

Yesterday I witnessed a first-hand example of two men walking with their God.  As the moving truck was being unloaded at its destination, Jerry came to the door to welcome Stuart into the village.  As I saw the two men greet each other, I had to turn away as my emotions squeezed tears from my eyes.  There before me were two men both suffering from the debilitating effects of cancer.  Both being beyond the possible value of any further treatment to arrest the disease, praising the Lord for His goodness and rejoicing that the move was possible with no complaining about the painful struggle that is rapidly taking its toll on both of their bodies and lives.

Some time ago, Stuart asked me if I felt that is was possible for them to complete their planned move to Sebring, I responded:  “Humanely no; BUT I have seen so many miracles that only God could perform during your battle that I believe it is possible.”  There were many hurdles, but they and their belongings are now snuggly inside their new home.  To accomplish this, God worked in and through many individuals to make it happen!

I was challenged to evaluate my own life on the basis of being just, merciful and humble, quickly observing areas in my life where I fall short.  It vividly reminded me of the importance of taking special care in diligently striving to finish this life well, acknowledging and dealing with the human challenges, but at the same time learning from such beautiful examples of others facing extreme challenges with complete trust and faith in their God! 

May we all be growing in our trust and faith in our great GOD!

Love to all,


Monday, August 03, 2015


I will  be leaving in a few minutes for Charlotte to complete moving Stuart and Donna to Sebring. Pray for safe travel for all that will be on the road these next couple of days.  Also pray for Stuart for strength and God's peace as final goodbys are said and belongings are loaded for the trip.  This will be an extremely stressfull time for them and the entire family.  We have seen so many unbelievable miracles in all of the preparation and are needing the Lord to go before us in this final and major step in making it all possible.  We are so thankful for dear friends and family members that will be traveling to Sebring to lighten the task of moving and for the fantastic friends on both ends that will be loading and loading the truck.

Thanks to each of you who faithfully have been and will continue to stand by the family in this major task!

Love to all,


Saturday, July 25, 2015

He has shown you...

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.   And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  (Micah 6:8)

I returned from a beautiful memorial service a few minutes ago for a dear friend, Ron, who with his wife Joan, went overseas to serve the Lord and the people of Bolivia in 1960.  Retiring from leadership of the mission in 1999, didn’t last long.  In 2000 Ron and Joan returned to Bolivia for seven more years serving as support staff continuing to impact multitudes for Christ.  Parkinson’s along with other maladies slowed Ron down a bit, but even during his several hospital stays these past months and the advancement of his illness, he was not deterred from his focus upon people and their need for a Savior.  In spite of pain and sickness, every time I visited him in the hospital, he was focused on the staff and others.  A challenge to each of us who knew him.  As I sat there today, I thought of Ron as a Micah 6:8 man.  He will be greatly missed, but I assure you, never forgotten by great numbers of us that were impacted by his life!

Another dear friend, Stuart certainly fits the Micah description.  His Multiple Myeloma has slipped down the priority list now that he has been diagnosed with CID which is so much faster moving and has no known treatment, providing for a short window of reasonable health ahead.  With that, Stuart and Donna have accelerated their plans to move to Sebring, so activities are moving rapidly on both ends with family and friends working together to hopefully have them here on August 6th.  Moving is always stressful but coupled with the health and medical issues they face, it must appear nearly impossible to them at times.  When asked if I thought it possible, I had to admit to Stuart that humanly it appeared an impossibility but I have seen for too many miracles from the Lord these past months to rule it out.  I believe that it will become a reality!  Please pray for a special measure of strength and peace for Stuart as well of all the family as they work together to accomplish this task.  Not only is it energy draining, but also emotional for family members, putting many hours between them.  But they all agree on it being the best plan and are diligently working to that end. 

What a joy it is to have the assurance of knowing that in a moment of time, we can move from the agony and discomfort of this world into a “new world” of total freedom from all of that unpleasantness into joy and contentment that will never end…if we know the Savior that makes it all possible.

I trust that you will have a blessed Sunday preparing and encouraging others in preparation for that long awaited, but sooner than anticipated day!

Love to all,


Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Merciful God!

Reading and reflecting upon the book of Jonah this past week was a great reminder of God’s patience for his people to obey Him in spite of our disobedience.  God does not give up on us, but rather shows His mercy, bringing many situations into our lives to teach us the lessons that we need in order to realign our lives in accordance with His will.  Even though Jonah refused to obey God, God never gave up on him!

Humanly I can see why Jonah was hesitant to go to Nineveh with the reputation it had of abuse and atrocities.  Thousands of captives burned alive, decapitating hands, fingers, noses and the putting out of eyes along with impaling hundreds of men on stakes when they ran afoul of the leadership.  I would have been mighty hesitant to go also.  But God had specifically spoken to Jonah because of His desire to awaken the people of Nineveh spiritually.  When Jonah did go after some rather harrowing experiences on the sea and in the sea, traveling inside a great fish for three days, the people not only repented, but the king issued a decree that everyone call urgently upon God (Jonah 3:8).  God then showed His great compassion upon them and they were spared!

Jonah’s “sermon” of only 8-9 words accomplished its purpose, but Jonah became angry with God for relenting and he proceeded to pout and complain for the remainder of the book which ends abruptly with me wondering if Jonah ever changed his attitude?

I found the book a good reminder of God’s mercy upon every individual even as we disobey Him, while at the same time presenting us with experiences along with opportunities to repent and enjoy His abundant blessings as we serve Him.

I am reminded of David’s request; “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:23-24)   After reading the book of Jonah, I recognized my need to ask the same for myself on a continual basis!

Love to all,


Friday, July 10, 2015

Catching Up

Sorry for the delay in getting another blog out.  No, I didn’t get to close to the edge of the world and fall off.  There were several changes in my travel plans and they actually extended my trip by a few days and miles.  It was special to get several things accomplished at the lake house and to be able to handle some business matters in Michigan.

On my return I spent a couple of days in Charlotte visiting my dear friend Stuart and his family.  His prognosis is not good.  The chemo used to hopefully arrest the cancer has caused brain damage which has activated a very rare additional problem which is indicating that he likely has only two months of “good” life remaining.  It is his desire that he and his wife move to Sebring as soon as possible, so we spent considerable time talking, praying, planning and yes, crying.  It is really difficult to move away from family at a time like this for everyone, but he would like to get them moved into the house that they have here so his wife will be settled at such time as the Lord takes him home.  As difficult as it is, his children are in agreement and doing all they can to help.  I was helping a bit with the Charlotte plans and will also be working on making the transition as smooth as possible on this end.

My good friend Jerry who lives here also received a bad report for his doctor while I was away and is now under Hospice care.  His cancer seems to be progressing so rapidly and the doctors have been unable to arrest it.  While these things are difficult, I can’t imagine how a non-believer in Christ and his Word could deal with something like this!

Please pray for both of these men and their families.  They both have so faithfully served the Lord both in Africa and in the U. S. for many years, and are continuing to impact multitudes as they bravely face nasty procedures with their hope never wavering, as they anticipate their soon passing through that curtain into an eternity with their Lord and Savior, completely free of any further illness or pain.

The anniversary of Carol’s passing was on the 8th  of July, so this has been a bit more emotional for me at this time.  Some things you never forget, but at the same time there are an overwhelming number of wonderful memories to focus upon.  What a blessing that is!

I trust that you all have a blessed weekend!  I hope to find time to work in a bit of extra sleep!

Love to all,


Friday, June 26, 2015

Great Faithfulness

My trip has been going extremely well with a nice amount of visiting coupled with many miles of driving.

It was a joy to visit Justin and Laura in their lovely new home in Tennessee and be the center of attraction for Ella and Sophia.  Sunday we celebrated their 7th anniversary going out to eat in the evening.  They selected a nice restaurant with a charming outside eating area which was fun for all of us until a heavy rainstorm sent us scurrying for cover.  Being that the interior tables at the restaurant were then filled, we opted to take the balance of our dinner in boxes back to the house.  The girls thought that it was an exciting event.

I was also able to tour Justin's new dental offices and learn much about the specialized equipment in the lab.  Dental work has certainly changed from the days when I was young and dreaded that slow revolving drill with what appeared to be a mile of small belt winding around the numerous pulleys.

I enjoyed a delightful drive through some interesting mountain roads in Tennessee as I continued on to the lake house in Indiana where I have been able to enjoy several days with Karin and Keith.  The area has had an abundance of rain this spring and I noticed that many farmers’ fields had large ponds of water that has drowned out the crop in those areas, which I am sure will be painful at harvest time providing a reduced return on the farmer’s investment in time and materials.

Yesterday I had to be in Michigan to handle some business matters, and Karin was able to hand over or delay some of her cases for the day so that she was able to join me for the trip.  What a difference it makes having someone to talk with as the miles go by!

We were able to enjoy conversation with friends there and being that we were not far from the cemetery as we left town, where many of my family members are buried, we decided to swing over that way.  As I visited my grandparents graves, I recalled the day as a young boy about 75 years ago when I was with them as they selected burial sites in the newly opened area.  Today few burial spots are unused there and many additional areas have been opened.  We also visited Carol's burial site where we laid her to rest nearly seven years ago.  Is I read the bronze marker with both of our names, it was a somber reminder that in the not too distant future I will be joining her there.

Having just read Lamentations Chapter 3 in the morning, I was reminded of  many challenges that we experienced with Carol's cancer, the uncertainty about the effectiveness of the treatments, but always the amazing faithfulness of God right up to the moment that He gently escorted her through that final curtain, leaving behind the pain and suffering of this life and at the same time providing each of us standing at her bedside, a solid hope for our future.  The songwriter expressed it in a beautiful way using the words of Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:23 as he reflected upon the Lord in spite of his grief and tears; "Great is Thy Faithfulness!"  

I trust that each of you have been recognizing God's great love, compassion and faithfulness that Jeremiah remindeds us of in the midst of his "storm."

Love to you all,


Monday, June 15, 2015

A Final Task

I finished my study of the Proverbs this weekend and was reminded again in that 31st chapter what a tremendous blessing God’s choice of a wife is, and how thankful I am for the nearly 49 years that Carol and I were able to enjoy together.  At this time seven years ago, we were struggling with Carol’s final weeks of battle with cancer.  With the help of friends, family and Hospice we were able to participate in Justin and Laura’s wedding on the 21st of June!  It was no small challenge for Carol to travel from North Carolina to Michigan and return, but it was a tremendous answer to prayer to accomplish one last task in the small bundle of wishes that Carol wanted to accomplish before completing her time on earth.

Justin has completed his tour of duty, serving as a dentist in The Air Force and is joining a dental practice in Tennessee after evaluating numerous opportunities.  The movers unloaded their goods about a week ago, and they tell me that they are feeling somewhat at home now but are not fully settled.  I sure know how that feels!  I need to be in the north next week, so plan to spend the weekend with them, celebrate their anniversary, continue to the lake house and continue on later in the week.  It will be some long days of driving, but I am excited to see them again and feel healthy enough to travel.  We last were together in Orlando some weeks ago.  It will be fun to hear about all the new things that the girls have learned since then.

I trust that you are enjoying the summer.  It has been delightful here, but I was surprised to hear from a friend in North Carolina that their temperature hit 105 today.  That is mighty high for that part of the country.  We have been running only in the lower 90’s in this area of Florida.

Do keep friends Jerry and Stuart in your prayers as they battle cancer.  Jerry had some negative news about his cancer last week and is in the process of evaluating a change in treatment.  They and the medical people need much wisdom from God on how best to proceed!

Love to you all,


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Finding Wisdom

This past week in the mornings, I started reading the Proverbs and continue to find advice that fits into what I am experiencing or discussing with someone frequently.  At the outset in Chapter 1 we are reminded that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge/wisdom.”  We so often think of fear of something bad.  In this case as we consider the context, I see fear to be a reverence for God with a desire to submit to His will.  Chapter 2 refers to numerous moral benefits that are obtained from wisdom, and Chapter 3 promises a number of rewards as we trust God and walk in His wisdom.  They include longevity and prosperity (vs. 1-2); special favor with God and man (vs. 3-4); guidance as we get to know God personally (vs. 5-6); vigorous health and refreshment for our bodies (vs. 7-8); prosperity according to God’s will (vs. 9-10) and a positive experience of learning/growing from God’s discipline (vs. 11-12).  I have found it to be an exciting exercise for me, as I think about each days reading throughout the day, to see how many examples in my life confirm those truths.  I have found it amazing how many of those experiences started out with various degrees of fear in my heart, ending up to be a great learning experience and ultimately a blessing! 

Max Lucado made a statement about fear that I feel fits so well; “The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith.  Fear visits everyone.  Even Christ was afraid (Mark 14:33).  But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.  Hasn’t fear taken enough?  Enough smiles? Chuckles?  Restful nights, exuberant days?  Meet your fears with faith.  Don’t be afraid; just believe.  Believe that God can; believe that he cares.”  Well said!

I am grateful that it appears that I am starting to turn a corner with balancing breathing meds and also a bit of relief from the excruciating shingles pain.  Thank you Lord, and thank each of you for praying!



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Shepherd

Not sleeping too well these past days due to the discomfort from shingles, I have had plenty of time to read during the night and early hours of the morning.  Reading through the Psalms, I have enjoyed the Psalmist’s expressing numerous human emotions.  As things were going well, they expressed praise to God but there were also many examples of fearful experiences dealing with their enemies.  But ultimately in each situation, they displayed a grateful confidence in God’s power and goodness.  I always enjoy reading the 23rd Psalm and be reminded of the Lord being our shepherd. 

Having spent many summers on the farm with my grandparents, I had first-hand experience with sheep.  Sheep were not the smartest animals on his farm.  They could be quite affectionate but not what I considered very brilliant.  They really needed guidance…a shepherd!  A good comparison to we humans!  As a shepherd, our Lord guides his people, providing all that we need while helping us to enjoy a special peace and tranquility as we follow Him.  As we follow Him, we are assured of His protection even when walking through dark valleys.  Also, our Lord is our constant companion just like the shepherd which stays close to his flock.  That is an area that I personally need to be more mindful of.  It is far too easy for me to feel alone in some situations, trying to understand or resolve the situation myself while ignoring the Companion that is standing close by ready to guide and protect me.

As I move through these so-called golden years, when the body develops more frailties and the mind tends to become slower, it is a great encouragement to know that we are not alone but under the love and care of the Great Shepherd who has reminded us that this is not our final home! 

I trust that each of you is staying healthy, having an enjoyable weekend, and experiencing His love and care!

Love to you all,