Today is Sweet Shot Tuesday. (Head over to Darcy’s blog to share your own sweet shots and find other’s as well.) As you know if you have spent any time here at The Journey Leads Home I am snap happy with my cell phone camera. It doesn’t even have to be something that is happening right in front of me. I will take a picture of something on the computer or on the TV – doesn’t matter. So this weekend I put a DVD into the laptop. It was of my dad preaching. What’s so special about that? Well my dad has been a preacher/teacher/sing since I was very young. I really don’t remember a time that he wasn’t one. He developed a virus that attacked his vocal chords which took his voice. He would have surgery to remove the growths that would grow and then he would be fine again for a while till they would grow back obstructing his ability to talk. Last March during a surgery his doctor found a suspicious spot which turned out to be Laryngeal Cancer. It was the most traumatic experience our family had been through. The months leading up to this discovery were torturous and heart wrenching. He had surgery to remove his entire voice box and a prosthetic voice box was put in. It was a long hard battle to learn to breath and talk again. But a couple of weeks ago he preached his first sermon back in he and mom’s home church. He has to go a little slower. But his heart and mind are still full of the power of the Spirit and love of the Lord. So today’s sweet shot is a picture of him back in a pulpit where he knows God has called him to be. Who knows what else God has in store for his life. But he certainly isn’t done with him.
I have written a series about my dad’s struggle. It is multiple entries about the walk we all took through the scariest experience of our lives. You can search on this blog for “My Dad My Hero” to find the series. My dad also writes a column here in his own category titled A Message From My Dad. You can search this blog for “A Message From My Dad” to find all of his articles. His articles post every Sunday morning here. He writes about things that he has learned through the Word and through his experience with cancer.
My dad is truly my hero. His spirit has remained faithful and he has fought hard and he is back! Seeing him standing in that pulpit again proves it. He is such a blessing and such an example to me to not give up, not even when it’s hard and you really want to.