Update 10/30: Received word last night that the surgery was completed and the tumor removed. Craig is recovering. However, there’s possibility of some very difficult news. Unfortunately, what was initially diagnosed as a benign tumor is likely cancerous – 80% probability according to the pathologist. The complete diagnosis and pathology report will be released in 3 days.
I have chosen to move the updates on Craig’s situation to the Quest Church community blog. Because this blog receives its fair share of visitors and subscribers from all over, I prefer not to take the focus away from surrounding Craig and Betty with care and prayer. Some comments were posted re: the authenticity or reality of prayer [and God] and while I’m a supporter of open dialogue, I’d rather not use this occassion or blog entry to pursue that. Instead, I’d prefer to direct people to this blog entry, Does Your Prayer Work, which was written by one of the commenters on his blog, I believe, in response to this blog entry. Feel free to engage there and be nice blokes.
And yes, I still invite you to join us in prayer for Craig and Betty.
I heard some not so good news about a congregant at church yesterday. After hearing the news after the 2nd service, I called and went to visit Craig and Betty at their home to pray with them.
Craig is only in his 30s and a wonderful guy. In the past couple weeks, Craig was experiencing some discomfort, dizziness, headaches, and general illness. I actually remember chatting with Betty about it couple Sundays ago – it wasn’t that big of a deal.
After couple visits to the doctors, Craig went once more just this past Friday for an MRI for some clarity to his illness. And on Friday, he was told the reason why he was feeling so much discomfort and it was the absolute last thing he could have imagined. He was told that there was a tumor in his brain and that he needed to consult a neurosurgeon ASAP. And just like that, he is scheduled for surgery to remove that tumor in his brain this morning [Monday].
Such is life. Unexpected events take place. How will we respond?
Even under difficult circumstances, I enjoyed visiting and praying with Craig, Betty, and their children today. Please join me in praying for them as Craig has surgery today.