I must say it is good to finally be home. Not only was the time in the hospital unexpected, missing our Canlis dinner was certainly not part of our plans. I was pretty frustrated knowing Dan and Bart had traveled so far only to find me stuck in the hospital. When I was in the hospital Monday night with Heather, I told her “I can only try so much to get well so I can leave the hospital for our Canlis dinner, the rest is up to God.”

As it turned out, leaving was not part of His plans, so we made the best of things. As Skip shared, it turned out to be an amazing nwh-2.jpgtime and perhaps a more intimate time than we could have experienced at Canlis. Wes, Skip, Art, Bart, Don and Dan from left to right in the photo on the left. I recorded a short video blog yesterday after everyone left for the airport so you could see that I was doing better than perhaps the previous blogs suggested. Of course, this is after being on new antibiotics for the Clostridum Difficile I was diagnosed with in my colon, and additional pain meds.

Last night I had a good sleep and woke up at 7AM this morning feeling well rested. I had chemo at 10AM and I must say, it went very well. I even have the King Kong steroid strength following chemo which makes everything so much easier.

OK, now a few words about our Canlis dinner at NW Hospital. Of course the food was nothing less than amazing and it was such a surprise to enter the board room and see the table set with Canlis place settings and wine glasses. Skip went to a lot of work to pull this all together and I am so grateful for his efforts. Chris Canlis called us from Florida, right before we began our appetizers. He wanted us to know how much it meant to him to be able to serve us even at NW Hospital and that while we were feasting on Kobe steak, and a wonderful Pinot Noir he was having Pizza and beer!

Unlike last year, I didn’t visit Heaven or have any real epiphanies. The question for the night was “Imagine this is our last meal together, what are the things that we have learned in the last year that we know to be deep truths?” I didn’t want the discussion to be about what they wanted to say to me at our last meal but rather what we wanted to share with one another. nwh-5.jpgIt turned out to be a heartfelt discussion that blessed us all.

Bart had lost his dad only months enwh-3.jpgarlier and was dealing with his Mom’s broken hip and hospital scare- Art with the extremes of joy with the marriage of his son Ryan this Saturday and the pain of suffering seen in his mother, who also had a broken hip and recent stroke, and my suffering- Dan with his focus on a deeper understanding of the “abundant life”-Wes on what it really means to slow down in his life and not let hisnwh-6.jpg ministry control time he would like to spend with his wife, friends and family- and Skip reflected on the implications of the timelessness of eternal life that we explored at the last Canlis dinner and have all been reflecting on over the last year. He also nwh-4.jpgshared how amazed he was that the 6 of us could be so close as a group having only been together twice- I shared my joy in simply being here after one year and the blessing of having each of them as such deep brothers. How faithful they have been in staying connected over the last year and how important it was to me that they could all know one another.

We all agreed to make this annual gathering knowing this may be the last one we will have, while at the same time we could be meeting for another 20 years.

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  1. TerriCrowell on October 25, 2007 4:58 pm

    What a miracle that your Canlis dinner could still go off without too much disruption. The blessing of such close friends sharing their joys and sorrows brings into focus what a wonderful world we live in and how we should thank God for every day.

    Glad to hear your chemo went well. You are looking great.

  2. shoke on October 25, 2007 10:11 pm

    I find myself at a loss of words tonight, but will say that I am awestruck at how you are living life with family and those dear to you. As I follow your journey I find myself encouraged to go deeper with Jesus and those near to me. This is the beginning of eternal life. Susanna and I send our love and prayers to you and yours.

    Onward!

    Steve

  3. JLK on October 26, 2007 11:25 am

    It is the intentionality and loving nature of your sharing that is the most inspirational to me. I believe in God and I see the greatness of God in you.

    John

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