Hello my friends and loved ones!
It’s about time I gave ya’ll an update. I realize all of you know this but I will state the obvious—-life is full of ups/downs/challenges. As I have mentioned in past Blogs things can ALWAYS be worse no matter what circumstance or situation you find yourself or a loved one in it can always be worse–trust me.
Today, I spent my afternoon at the Minnesota School for the Blind. I happen to be the on the board of a non-profit called the UMOGD Sight Preservation Foundation. Each year we hold a golf outing in the optical community and raise funds for the school so that they can use the funds for special projects. This year we raised $40,000 “for the kids”. (we have raised $376,000 the past 12 years including this year) We are in the 2nd year of a 3 year pledge to raise $120,000 to be used toward a specially designed Oval Sports Track for both the School for the Blind as well as the School for the Deaf which is across the street. Anyway, my point is when I see these precious kids who are afflicted not only with visual impairment (most blind), but also physical disabilities it just breaks my heart. However, I love coming down to see the kids put on a special thank you reception as we hand over the cash. I think of all the people today that have their health and still complain about circumstances in life. Take a ride down to Faribault, visit the school and get a new attitude on life!! These kids find joy even in the most mundane of life.
This is a good segue to what’s next for Craigles’, aka Papa G. I happen to have taken on a few new friends in my body. They are called “Lytic Lesions”. Sounds kind of sexy heh? Not really. They are quite bothersome. I have four of them in different parts of my back and ribs. One of which is on my C-1 Vertebrae. Such a happy spot for my new friend. Remember the song from Disney “the shoulder bone is connected to the neck bone, the neck bone connected to the HEAD! Yes, this is the vertebrae that connects to your skull. So, the Lord in all his Glory, is challenging me to continue placing my faith in him. (I don’t believe He brings on bad things to our life. I believe that special duty is Satan whom I rebuke everyday!) Anyway, my faith does not waiver. I completely believe He is in control and He wants what is best for my life. In Lamentations scripture talks about how grief comes into our life. Yet, our God is always there for us to call upon him. It says in Lamentations 3:32 “Though (The Lord) brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love”. Indeed I have felt his compassion. Do you know how? From all the cards, gift baskets, texts, phone calls, and personal conversations I have had with many of you. You have been there to give me encouragement and I believe this is God’s way of showing us compassion. He is such a good God and I am thankful he works through many of you. I am ashamed that I do not hold him up in greater reverence on daily basis. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 the Lord tells us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven.” This is a season of my life where I have been tested physically, mentally, and emotionally. When I feel like giving up and falling down I think of our Lord and how he must have felt as non-believers were spitting on him and cursing him as he walked to be hung on a cross. I have no idea of pain relative to what Christ went thru.
I am here to tell you that He has never left my side. Have I suffered a bit? Yes. But, He has been right there by my side in Spirit giving me hope and inspiration thru his faithful promises in the Bible.
So, I am asking for your thoughts, prayers and support as I face Cyber Knife radiation therapy to eradicate the Lytic Lesion on my C-1 vertebrae next Wed and Friday. Won’t you please stand in the “throne room” with me shouting up to God to heal me and guide the physicians to be most accurate in killing this beast?
Sending you all my prayers and thoughts each day in humility and thanks,
Papa G aka Craig