I'm embarrassed that it has taken me this long to join CaringBridge. I pray for both of you. I wish I could say that I've prayed for you as often as you've prayed for me, but I can't. I still don't have the discipline you've both developed through your relationship with Christ, His body, and each other. I'm so grateful God didn't make our faith a contest.
I think of both of you so often. The moment I heard I wrote an email to your inbox at church knowing that God was already about the business of healing you, and then I heard that things were even worse than I had known. Crushing. You are both lights on a hill, and you have treated me, everyone, with such unconditional love. You helped heal me. It's so true. Every church I've been a part of has loved me because of what I've brought to the table. I've brought nothing, well, nearly nothing, of God's loving gifts to you and you've loved me better than any church or pastor I've known. You and your team at FBCJC not only seek your mission, you live it, you breathe it, you share it, you walk it, you help others see HOW to do it. You are so clearly God's person/people.
I can't imagine what you have suffered these last months. I really can't. Covid put me in the hospital, but only 5 days. It put me back into anxiety and depression because of its neurological entanglements, but this is passing. You and Janet have met set back and joy and set back and joy, and you approach life with the same honesty: Life can be hard, but God is so good. Framing things positively while you're going through so much painful, nauseating struggles is not surprising. It is who you both are.
Your lives continue to bless so many even when we can't see you, shake your hand, or get a big bear hug from Janet. Amazing love.
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon and be gracious to you. The Lord lift you up and give you peace.
I will work harder at praying daily, and multiple time daily, for you both. Dad has you covered, believe me, but it is the only way I know that I can show that love back.