in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.  ” 2 Timothy 4:8 (NASB)

After so many updates, it seems unfair to be adding another.  But we know that, in the real world, fair doesn’t mean much.

Such is the case with my dad.  He was so strong and supportive for my bride and me during our individual cancer struggles that to see him slowly losing the battle against his own is almost surreal.  Each day he is a little less strong, sleeps a little bit more and can do a little less.  And day by day we see that downward spiral accelerating.

Today it became obvious that he is not long for this life and though that knowledge breaks my heart, I know that the best of times is drawing near for pop.  He prayed to receive Christ’s salvation this week and, to be honest, it was the most sincere, heartfelt and pure prayer I have ever heard.  I will never forget that day nor would I ever want to.

His future ‘crown of righteousness’ is much closer than I want to contemplate but I know that on that day, my dad will wear it well.

Thank you for, once again, lifting our family up in our time of trials.  Please continue to do so.  We appreciate that more than you can imagine.