We were able to go on the Inheritance of Hope Retreat to Disney World earlier this month. We gathered in Orlando with twelve other families; all with a terminally ill parent. The experience was life-changing and it was comforting to be surrounded by others on a similar journey. We were so blessed to be a part of this gathering. The kids were able to experience joy as only Disney can bring and Lindy and I were able to share that with them together. A special thank you to Angie, Michael, (our awesome helpers) the entire Inhertance of Hope organization and their sponsors. Your gift to our family meant more than words could ever do justice.
On the last day of the retreat, we had a moving service led by the Deric and Kristen Milligan, founders of Inheritance of Hope. Kristen has been battling stage IV cancer for nearly seven years. She’s nearing the end of her journey on earth, but she was able to travel to meet with the group the last day. What amazing people. At the end of her talk, she played a video that moved everyone in the room. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Some of you may have heard the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. They’re a unique father and son team who participate in triathalons. All I can say is watch this short video. This is a beautiful/perfectly fitting picture of how God is with us even when our bodies are broken and frail. We all go through the finish line at different times, but our Father is right there with us as we finish.
Lindy undergoes another stereotactic radiosurgery a.k.a. “Gamma Knife” brain surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital tomorrow. Please pray for peace for her and that the cancer in her brain can be stopped. Join the 24 Hours of prayer for her here.