Who is John? My dad is husband to one, father to three (+spouses) , grandfather to eleven, friend and servant to many. Anyone will tell you, John shows his love by his work and his affection through his perseverance, yet generously shares a smile, laugh, and hug to those around him, too. His job ahead of him now is probably his most difficult yet he is facing his diagnosis of stage four bladder cancer with strength, hope and faith. He feels the prayers of many interceding on his behalf, and will face each task, each treatment, and each trial with an eager expectation to live each day full of joy and life. His faith is in God who can provide a miraculous healing!
Why “Roll On”? John would work seven days a week when my sisters and I were little. Oh, how we loved when Dad would put on the vinyl records when he got home from work! From Merle Haggard to CCR, The Oak Ridge Boys to The Judds, we would dance on our Daddy’s feet ‘til it was time for bed. Alabama was one of those records, and although he didn’t drive an eighteen-wheeler, the song “Roll On” hit me this spring as my Dad started this journey to diagnose his cancer. The lyrics describe our life, the way he motivated us all to keep moving, keep working, keep praying and keep loving, to never give up, to lose hope, or give in, and to always lift each other up in positive words and prayer. It speaks of the strength of the family and that each of us has a special roll that supports each other. Roll on, Dad, Roll on!!
“Roll on highway, roll on along
Roll on daddy till you get back home
Roll on family, roll on crew
Roll on momma like I asked you to do
And roll on eighteen-wheeler roll on (Roll on)”
To each person who is praying, caring, and hoping for his healing- Thank You! We appreciate those that have helped us navigate these waters so far. We need a legion of prayer warriors made up of wonderful people surrounding us! We ask you to continue in prayer and to ask for the intercession of Our Holy Mother, Saint Peregrine, Saint Rita and Saint Joseph, as well.