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November
23
2019

Celebration of Life Online Streaming

I know there are many of you who cannot attend my father’s service in person, so I wanted to share a way for you to participate from where you are. Newport Covenant Church will be live-streaming the service on their Facebook page. It will begin at 2pm. 

Thank you you as always for your love and support.

https://www.facebook.com/newportcov/

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November
16
2019

Obituary

Dr. T. David Beck (written by my aunt, Diane Beck)

In the early hours of November 4, 2019, David Beck ended his fierce battle with pancreatic cancer and entered his eternal home with Jesus Christ. He passed quietly, surrounded by his children, siblings, parents and his wife Susan, an unwavering warrior who fought alongside him every step of the way. Throughout his ordeal, David used his disease to deepen his relationship with God, remaining grateful even as he suffered. While David will be dearly missed, his loved ones can rejoice that his pain has ended and his new life has begun.

David Beck was born on May 30th, 1961 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Tim and Doris Beck. His father was a minister, so David was given a solid Christian foundation. As a boy, he was fascinated by World War II which he quietly fought each Sunday by drawing war scenes during his father’s sermons. He was also crazy about sports, avidly collecting baseball and football cards. In high school, he excelled academically and later attended Ball State University in Indiana where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree.

Pastor, author, missionary, David earned his Master’s Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and his Doctorate at Southern Methodist University. He served as an Associate Pastor at Kings Harbor Church and Life Covenant Church in Torrance, California. David was also called to teach and was invited to conduct classes in several seminaries. A particularly cherished memory of David’s ministry was his mission work in Haiti. David developed a lasting love for the children he met there. Hard to tell who ministered to whom in that moment. David then went on to become senior pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church in Sacramento, California and Newport Covenant Church in Seattle, Washington. Along the way he authored numerous articles and two books, “The Holy Spirit and the Renewal of All Things,” and “Luminous: Living the Presence and Power of Jesus.” David was intellectual yet practical, passionate about what he called, “the simple way of Jesus.” Through his ministry, he touched the lives of thousands with the peace and hope of Christ, planting seeds that will bear fruit long after his time on earth.

Like his namesake, David was blessed by a wide emotional range. He was generous of spirit, fun-loving, energetic and empathetic. He experienced God in community, nature, the healthy body he once had. He cared deeply about his family and the people he met. David was a man of honor who lived a life rich in relationship, permeated by laughter and steeped in love.

He is survived by his loving wife, Susan; children: Lauren, Spencer, Nathaniel and son-in-law Ryan; grandchildren: Paxton, Ashlynd and Desmond; his father and stepmother: Tim and Dabney; his mother and stepfather: Doris and Jerry; his brother and sister-in-law: Jonathan and Tina; and his sister, Diane.

Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The service will be held at Newport Covenant Church, 12800 Coal Creek Pkwy SE, Bellevue, WA 98006. Donations may be made to NWP pastors fund http://pacnwc.org/giving/ or GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/1sz65p5hs0?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

November
7
2019

Celebration of Life

November
4
2019

David

Thank you to each one of you who supported my dad’s journey by following his Caring Bridge. 

My dad stayed faithful to his deep love and trust in God through his long, difficult battle with cancer. Your prayers, love, and kind words helped sustain him and our family in the tough times. 

Early this morning my dad passed peacefully and entered God’s Kingdom. He will be missed by many but we can also find joy in the fact that he is with his Creator and not in pain anymore. 

With Love,
Lauren Anhalt

September
20
2019

Bloodstream infection, take 2

Just a quick update for now. I don’t have the strength for much else. 

Three weeks ago I began having constant cycles of chills and fevers. We sent my blood in for culturing, and tests came back positive for another bloodstream infection. I checked back into the hospital Tuesday morning. 

Since then doctors have been working intensively to locate the source of the infection. They have narrowed it down to the stent in my bile duct or possibly my liver. 

So, tomorrow they are going to go in and clean out and replace the current stent. I will also be on antibiotics. 

My body is significantly weakened. Sometimes all I can do is sleep. I expect a lot of resting when I get home. 

Here’s a verse a friend gave me that I memorized. It sums things up. 

“My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my strength. He is all I ever need.” (Psalm 73:26)

Please focus your prayers on my bile duct and liver. Thank you!

August
24
2019

Home! And under repair.

I've been home from the hospital for a week now. It has never been more true: There's no place like home! Hospitals are essential for getting us out of crisis situations. But when it comes to actually recovering, the hospital isn't the place to be. We need to go home. 

At home, I can sit in my favorite chair (thank you, people of Newport!).
At home, I can lay on our couch and watch sports and Netflix. And take naps!
At home, we can make our own food.
At home, I get to sleep in my own bed. (BTW, last night I slept 9 1/2 hours. That's restorative! It's also amazing to me, because sleep become ever more elusive as we age.)
Most of all, at home, I get to see my family members as they come and go. That's priceless!

I am in a deeply depleted state. Two health crises and two hospital stays have taken a great deal out of me.

Hospital stay #1: I was in the hospital three weeks ago for an infection near my pancreas. The situation turned septic, which is when the infection gets into one's blood stream and starts attacking internal organs. It is a serious condition. If not treated promptly, it can even be fatal. So sepsis was the reason for my first hospital stay, which included 2-3 days in the ICU.

Hospital stay #2: I came home from that hospital stay very tired. The doctor said it would take at least a couple of weeks to recover. I was home for two days and started taking blood thinners again (people with cancer are prone to clots). What began as a slow drip of blood from the area around my tumor became a major hemorrhage, necessitating a hasty return to the hospital. Again I found myself in ICU as doctors and nurses worked worked hard and eventually got things under control. 

The great news is, we think the bleeding may have stopped. (Here's something to pray for!)

The infection is gone, and we're hoping for an end to infections (another prayer need).

Now at home, I'm focusing on listening to my body and letting each day unfold as it does. I've been incredibly tired -- probably not too surprising, given the last month. Although there are ups and downs, for the most part I am regaining strength little by little. 

My doctors are trying to help my digestive system reset itself. That's a process. But things are better than they were before I was treated for the infection. I'll take any progress we can get.

Absorption of food (another prayer need) is high on my priority list. Since coming home from the hospital, I am on a plan to regain some weight. I'm at least 20 pounds down. So, with my doctor's encouragement, I developed a plan to injest a lot of calories. I started tracking calories with the help of MyFitnessPal, a really good app for this purpose. I've tracked calories in the past when I was trying to align nutrition with my fitness goals. Now I'm using it for a whole new purpose: to put on weight. I have a target of 2450 calories a day, and so far I've hit or exceeded my target every day. If I'm metabolizing food, I should gain at least a pound a week. Hooray!

God has reminded me so many times and in so many ways of this basic truth: "He's got this." We don't need to worry. Our place is to trust him. Our activity is to pray aggressively for God to do everything he wants to do through this cancer; and to worship God, thanking him for "every good and perfect gift" (James 1:17) he gives us to enjoy, including the ones like healing that we haven't seen yet. There's something powerful about thanking God ahead of time.

So that's the overall picture of where things are at. Months ago, Susan and I planned vacation time for the second half of August. Turns out this is exactly when we need to have nothing to do. We are both recovering. So are our kids. We are thankful to have a home and some time to rest. 

Resting is not something we do well in our go-go-go, overly caffeinated culture. Honestly, it feels weird to take multiple days and do nothing. But I'm getting used to it. Maybe it's when you are forced to rest that you learn how delicious rest is. And to think, God designed rest into our weekly rhythm. He's always ahead of us!

August
15
2019

A health update, an image, and a song

I am writing this from a resort-like setting where people care for your every need... otherwise known as a hospital. 😉

Health update
Yep, I’ve been back in the hospital — this time because of an acute internal bleeding issue that struck last Friday evening. I received multiple units of blood, and with God’s help, doctors  worked hard to get things under control. The good news is that today my blood counts look more stable — and through God’s mercy have actually gone up a smidge! That’s a good sign. 

* Please pray specifically for my body to make enough blood and not to leak what it makes. 

I’m also working with a GI doctor to get my digestive system to settle down. We have some things to try when I get home — which I think will be tomorrow. 

* Please pray we find what works best for me and that my body metabolizes the food it takes in so I can regain some of the weight I’ve lost. 

Finally, I should be meeting with Dr. Chue on Monday to devise a plan to get me back into cancer treatment. 

* Please pray for wisdom.

An image
Before I went into the hospital, one of our Newport parishioners told me that while she was in prayer, she saw a vision of me in a hospital bed and Jesus standing beside me on my left side. He had a look of joy and utter confidence on his face. 

Indeed, more than once I have felt his presence strongly. I haven’t seen him, but he’s here — undoubtedly in a number of rooms. Jesus likes to hang out in hospitals. 

A song
I had forgotten about that image of Jesus beside me. What happened was that with the help of one of my other friends, I found a song that has reached deeply into my soul. I remember moments in ICU in the middle of the night when I put this song on repeat and wept the good tears of intense worship and assurance. 

Keeping in mind that image of Jesus standing by my bed, check out these lyrics of the chorus:

There was another in the fire
Standing next to me
There was another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
Of how I've been set free
There is a cross that bears the burden
Where another died for me
There is another in the fire

I have let this song wash over me many, many times in the last week. Indeed, there is another, standing next to me. Always. 

Here’s how to view the whole song: Another in the Fire by Hillsong. 

There is another with you too. Another who has redeemed you (or wants to), so that you know that you know: he is always with you, radiating joy and utter confidence!

August
3
2019

Health update

It has been a while since I posted. Why? I’ve been pretty sick. In fact, I’m writing today from the ICU. I just want to give a quick update and ask for prayer. 

My digestive system went south a month ago. I tried to tough it out, but I kept growing weaker and weaker. Finally this past Monday, Dr. Chue gave me half of my usual cancer treatment and told me I should go to the ER immediately afterward. That’s where I’ve been since Monday (today is Saturday). 

I had multiple infections, but the root of it was that my stent in my biliary duct was clogged and filled with pus and some cancer cells. It was successfully cleared out. 

Since then I’ve been in the ICU because my body is really out of whack. The doctors are trying to identify and clear out infections, rebalance my electrolytes, regulate my blood pressure, and a few other things. The main reason I am still in ICU is that my blood pressure keeps dipping to alarming levels. 

That pretty much brings you up to date medically. Spiritually, I have felt like the worse things have gotten physically, the more I have been enveloped in God’s love. I was particularly touched by the impromptu prayer gathering called by the good people of Newport. More than 30 people canceled plans, jumped in cars, and met up at the church to pray for me and the family. I heard the people poured out their hearts to God with great passion. If that doesn’t make you feel loved, what does?

Please pray:
  • That the doctors would have wisdom. 
  • That all infections would be cleared up. 
  • That my body would rebalance itself in blood pressure, electrolytes, fluid retention, and so on. 
  • That the Beck/Anhalt family would bear up under the stress. 
  • That God would work his unique plans through this situation and demonstrate his goodness and power. 
Many thanks and much love!