Nine years ago life took an unexpected turn.
At the age of 32 I was diagnosed with cancer. Overnight I was faced with a future that was far less certain and the reality that in an instant everything in life can change.
Over the course of about 2 weeks I was tested, diagnosed, had surgery, and began radiation treatments. I distinctly remember the day after being diagnosed. It was a beautiful Saturday in May. We held a birthday party for our son, and as I walked around our backyard, chatting with family and friends, I felt like I was dreaming – living in an alternate reality.
Except it was my new reality.
This new reality came on the heels of a season where we had waited and waited for God to move us, literally, into a new chapter of life. Shortly after moving to Pennsylvania to accept the position of worship leader at Living Word, the economy collapsed, and with it the housing market. We relocated based on the assumption that we would be able to sell our home in Arizona relatively quickly and move into our own place. Wrong. What was to be a temporary housing situation, a resident …