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Help from Startling Places

As many of you read in the last blog posted here, Keith died on January 22 of this year, three months after we learned of his stage 4, very advanced, bile duct cancer.  As July 22 looms ahead of me, arriving on the same day of the week (Sunday) as the day he died, I feel moved to begin to share some insights and experiences I am having adjusting to life without Keith.  And of course, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings about your own experiences and insights.

I have often thought about all of you who had signed up to hear from Keith through his blogs.  I am amazed and grateful that so few have cancelled, and that you are still connected in this way.  I may not post every week (or I may), but as I go through the days and months to come I will be posting more of these.

I recently scrolled through all of Keith’s blogs in the Archive—nearly three years’ worth!  I just glanced at titles and remembered working with Keith to develop them.  One blog title, posted back in 2009, caught my eye in a startling way because it was about being connected “to those long gone.”  Of course Keith is not “long” gone, but he is gone from this physical realm.

In this particular post Keith talks about his feelings after the death of his Aunt Nannie, the last close family member with whom he had grown up.  His parents and only [...]

Keith Goes Home

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to inform you that Keith went to be with Jesus yesterday, Sunday January 22nd 2012, at 3:00 pm.  Keith’s last few weeks here on earth were peaceful.  He was visited by many friends and relatives whom he was always pleased to see.  Andrea was holding Keith, her beloved husband of 33 years, when he drew his last breath.  Keith loved you all so much and I know that he would want you to know.

Thank you for your fellowship, comments, love and prayers through this last part of Keith’s adventure here with us. 

We hope to continue to post Keith’s insights and wisdom here in the future so please check back.  While we grieve the loss of a great man we can rejoice in his everlasting life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Psalm 23 (The Message)

 1-3 God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.    You have bedded me down in lush meadows,       you find me quiet pools to drink from.    True to your word,       you let me catch my breath       and send me in the right direction.

 4 Even when the way goes through       Death Valley,    I’m not afraid       when you walk at my side.    Your trusty shepherd’s crook       makes me feel secure.

 5 You serve me a six-course dinner       right in front of my enemies.    You revive my drooping head;       my cup brims with blessing.

 6 Your beauty and love chase after me       every day of my life.    I’m back home in the house of God       for the rest of my life.

Lord, thank you for Keith and the beautiful life he led.  His transparency and authenticity were a [...]

The Worst of Times and the Best of Times

New Year 2012

My pitiful little self-centered mind is about half taken up with what my uncle called “the big C” (or malignant cancer) which is (though I have only seen evidence of it) pretty well eating away on my vital organs as you read this.

When I say it is the “best of times,” I’m referring to the fact that I’m clearer in my mind about the way I want to live and relate to those I know and love and whom God has put in my life.

This is the first time I could not negotiate any way out of my problem (cancer-ridden state).  But I can still surrender each day—and sometimes each hour—to God and to loving His people—meaning the rest of you.

Although I have lived a larger-than-life life I am excited about the future.  And I’m beginning to learn to share with people about the possibilities in their lives to use the creative potential in them.

Some days I am very sad about the terminal aspects of my illness, but I’m also very thankful for the eighty-four years of amazing life I’ve already been fortunate enough to live.  Getting here on New Year’s Eve of 2011, I’m grateful for God’s resounding message about loving us (and the fact that so many of his people are living lives of self-limiting love) and for the fact that some days I am beginning to see that I can give and receive love from the God Jesus called Father and from his [...]

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