So this entry tonight is me procrastinating! I’m sitting at a Panera Bread trying to finish an attribute study of God’s mercy for the Doctrine class I’m taking this week and next. So needless to say I need to get to my homework and not be blogging, but I couldn’t resist! I’ve averaged around 6-7 hours/day of studying over the last 4 days as we are taking these two courses! It is good stuff! I’m loving it but I didnâ€™t study this much in college! Granted these are masterâ€™s courses!
This week I got some sad news about one of my heroes, John Piper, up in the Twin Cities. Through some other staff guys I heard that he had be diagnosed with prostrate cancer and as I was eating my sandwich tonight I read the update on his website and I was blown away about how he spoke of having cancer. Here is a portion of the letter he wrote to his church:
So I am praying: â€œLord, for your great glory, 1) donâ€™t let me miss any of the sanctifying blessings that you have for me in this experience; 2) donâ€™t let the people of Bethlehem miss any of the sanctifying blessings that you have for us in this; 3) grant that the surgery be successful in removing cancer and sparing important nerves; 4) grant that this light and momentary trial would work to spread a passion for you supremacy for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ; 5) may NoÃ«l and all close to me be given great peaceâ€”and all of this through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen.â€ I hope God will lead you to pray in a similar way.
May God grant you and I the same perspective as we face slight and momentary hardships!