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September
18
2019

September 18, 2019

“To pray ’thy will be done’, I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone”

Elizabeth Elliott

Hello All,

Its hard to believe that we have been on this path for 8 months now. Is some ways it feels much longer and in others much much shorter. Medically and spiritually, we knew when Jon was diagnosed the type of battle in which we were engaged and the likely outcomes. This week we decided that it was time to change focus. Jonathan is no longer going through chemo or any other kind of “treatment”. He has been referred to hospice and we will be having the initial hospice meeting tomorrow morning. In the meantime, Jonathan is choosing to spend his time focusing on his family and friends and enjoying the days ahead. It was a difficult decision, agonizing might be a better word, but it feels right and we are at peace. The key is that the battle was never about beating cancer and the hope was never in a physical cure. The battle has always been walking out the journey we have each been given with integrity and grace and the hope will always be in what comes after this world.

When we started this process we felt led to 2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness”. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest on me.  Our weakness may now be more pronounced but that means that so is God’s power. For that reason, and that reason alone,  we can continue to say “Bring it On”. If you are one of our friends who pray, please pray along side us that we can walk that out boldly in the weeks and months to come so that others will see the truth of that scripture and the God to whom it points.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support.

The Gore Family

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Comments

  • Luke Leiter : Gore family, I have been praying for your family and will continue to do say in the months to come. I cherish you all dearly and know that God does even more so. I thank him for the blessing you guys are to those around you and that you have been in my life. Please let me know if I can help with anything. If it is within my capabilities I would be more than happy to. God's blessings on your days to come and I look forward to visiting with you soon. -Luke
    9/24/19
  • Humberto DeLuca : I will offer prayers for you and Jon. Hugs.
    9/21/19
  • Marta Bridwell : How truly beautiful it is to see how you continue to glorify God throughout this journey. Our pryaers continue for your entire family.
    9/21/19
  • Stephanie Engelman : Praying for strength, comfort, and grace for all of you. May God's will be done.
    9/19/19
  • Ellie Timberman : Will pray as you have indicated and am grateful for God's leading in wisdom and courage.
    9/19/19
  • Pamela Gillund : Jon & Colleen, Many prayers for you and your family. Your trust and faith is awe inspiring, writing is beautiful and also the walk your living divine, difficult but divine. Rest in Gods peace & Love. Pam
    9/19/19
  • Katie Hagemann : Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the graced filled way you are dealing with God and his will for all of you.
    9/19/19
  • Edie Sons : I am so sad to hear of your difficult struggles against this cancer. It is so hard to fight these earthly battles that come upon us so uninvited. Trusting God even when we don’t understand is all we can do. He is our strength. Bless you and your family.
    9/19/19
  • Michele Squire-Fultz : Gore Family, I am both saddened and amazed when I read this update. I pray that God will provide you all with supernatural strength as you walk such a hard road. Praising God that your family is able to live with such surrendered and humble hearts. You are daily in our prayers. With love, The Fultz Family
    9/19/19
  • John Benner : I so wish things were different; why do both our families have to endure such pain? I know you and Sue have so much to give and teach here but it is not our will but God’s. Take comfort knowing that he never fails us or our families. We will and do pray along your side.
    9/19/19
  • Christin Thonnard : Colleen and John, We have been praying for you for healing. May the Lord, Who is faithful, lift your family up on those same eagle’s wings that He has lifted you before and may He grant you the peace that passes all understanding to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Amen Much love and hugs from Texas, Christin and Paul
    9/18/19
  • Judith Bullock : Praying for you all!!!
    9/18/19
  • Trica Moore : When I first heard of the final decision that was made , I was broken. I think for the outcome. I trust God and the path he chose for us , but my flesh don't always understand. One thing I learned is that God is in control of everything. Knowing that gives me comfort. May our God continue to strengthen you and your family through this journey.
    9/18/19
  • Christine Ourada : Colleen, I’m lifting you, Jon and your precious kiddos up in prayer. I’m praying for God’s beauty, indescribable peace and powerful love to surround and uphold you. ❤️
    9/18/19
  • Jennifer Strege : Colleen and Jon. I had no idea. My hope was complete and miraculous healing and I prayed that daily for you guys. Daily. I truly believed in my heart it would happen. Yet, on some days I long for heaven and the Lord’s presence myself. He seems so distant down here even though He is not and often, gracefully, reminds us of His presence. I love you both and will not stop praying! May God’s all-powerful presence speak peace, eternal love, and hope over you and your family!!
    9/18/19
  • Krista Ruemmele : We will continue to pray for all of the family. May all see Christ's love for them through you. God's blessings.
    9/18/19
  • Karlene Edgemon : Jon, you and the children are and will continue to be in my prayers. I pray for your strength through this and that the love of all your very many family members and friends is felt.
    9/18/19
  • Lisa Zetzl : Praying for your peace and comfort during this time. Thank you for your example of trusting in God’s will and believing in His grace.
    9/18/19
  • Rick Meyer : Dear Jonathan, Colleen and family . . . a prayer: Almighty and most merciful God, I come before your throne of grace to humbly ask that you pour out your loving-kindness on my dear brother Jonathan. Give him the strength of your presence, I pray, and cause him to know the joy of your salvation. Hold his bride, Colleen, close to you, and assure her that you abide each step of the way. Let their children know deep down inside how much their father loves them, and minister your peace to them Iin the warmth of your grace. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
    9/18/19
  • Mary Guernsey : I pray that you will be surrounded by the love of your family and you will have peace in your heart.
    9/18/19
  • Cindy Elliott : My prayers have never left your side. They will continue without ceasing.
    9/18/19
  • Ellie Tourney : Colleen and family! I will keep each and everyone of in my thoughts and prayers. You are all in my heart, praying you all find peace and strength. Prayers and love!!
    9/18/19
  • Bob and Kim Christensen : Prayers lifted now and always for all the good to continue to live in your hearts and souls.
    9/18/19
  • Andrea De Mink : Prayers, comfort and much love to you and your family, Colleen. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. ❤️
    9/18/19
  • Shirley Maloney : Love and prayers will continue with you all throughout this journey. I would love to come and visit again sometime.
    9/18/19
  • Theresa Slinkard : We love y’all so very much. I am honored to pray for you and witness the way you glorify God both in the good times and the difficult ones.
    9/18/19