Friday, July 20th – Monday, July 30th 2012

It’s been roughly a week and a half since our previous update and for the most part, just like the weather, it’s been bright and sunny with the occasional rain cloud! As I write this I have my back to the sun, determined to avoid the distraction of gazing outside into a sight that betrays the narrative of our recent Olympic opening ceremony: in our neck of the woods, out there is still a very green and pleasant land (not a smoke stack or tall-hatted man to be seen!) But one way or another the sunshine relentlessly vies for my attention; whether that is by it starting to burn a hole in the base of my neck or by making it just barely possible to see what I am typing on the screen of my laptop. The sunshine is great for lots of stuff but it can be a hindrance too! Continue reading

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Weak One

What follows is an unedited (bar correcting two spelling typos!) copy of the first major update email we sent following Annie’s initial diagnosis of pre-cancerous activity in July 2007. We sent this on Saturday, July 21st 2007, five days after the diagnosis.
To God be the Glory.

Life and Latte – Q&A Session

Cancer has opened up doors to many experiences and opportunities that Annie and I might not have had without it. One of the great opportunities is being able to meet so many people and share our faith.

We often hear folks say things like:

“I wish I had your faith!”

Maybe it’s just a politically correct pleasantry; maybe it’s genuine.

The faith that we have isn’t a commodity, neither is it a disposition that you’re either born with or into. Our faith is exercised in the same way as every other human being exercises their faith. (This blog post might be of some interest.)

If you’ve been following the blog and are genuinely interesting in learning more about Christian faith, then I am sure you’ve got a lot of questions – otherwise, what’s stopping you from making your wish come true?

Tomorrow night we are hosting a Question and Answer session for anyone who is seeking, exploring or beginning the journey of faith in Jesus. The same session is for anyone who considers themselves a skeptic too!

All are welcome!

The event will take place tomorrow from 6pm until 8pm at the Coppertops Pub (click here for directions). There will be fresh coffee and lush cakes. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for asking questions either anonymously or not!

THE EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!

Really hope to see you there. Drop me a line (use the comments section on this blog – it will come to me privately without displaying information) if you need help getting there.

R&A

July – Photos

Following a rough start to the week we have enjoyed more than a couple of iced-lattes.

There are some photos here of the July 4th celebration we enjoyed this week. Yes, I know, a strange holiday to be celebrating in England but with family and friend ties to America…coupled with Annie’s new-found appetite, it was the least we could do! It was a great opportunity to invite our three Czech friends from the farm. If the politics of our celebration confused you, spare a thought for them! Either way, they really enjoyed the night and we thank God for the bridge-building opportunity.

Then just yesterday we enjoyed a visit from Annie’s brother and his family. The weather was quite atrocious but our lounge was full of radiance and warmth ๐Ÿ™‚ …and a blonde wig we found in the loft which we later inflicted on Milo.

My apologies for not displaying a particularly comprehensive gallery of photos!

 

Tuesday, July 3rd – Friday, July 6th 2012

Last Monday afternoon I held Annie’s head upright in my hands as I tried to keep her conscious. Her pupils were dilated and her skin clammy and ashen. Monday was another difficult day in this battle with cancer. As I wrote in our previous post, all I remember that we did that day was pray and cry. The reason for our tears was obvious. There were a million reasons for our prayers, but ultimately, for me, I prayed because I desperately wanted and needed to be closer and closer to Jesus our Shepherd as the darkness closed in on us. Continue reading

The last word on the power of prayer

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across an article in The Guardian that was trending on Facebook. If you’re one of those people that likes to box and label a person by the newspaper they read, save yourself the stationery and storage space. The only newspaper you’ll find in our home is the weekly Berrow’s Worcester Journal which fuels our stove before it gets a chance to fuel our minds!

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