August, Week 5: The Hollowness of Cancer

1 Sep

Praying for this dear family dealing with a fatal disease.


Our pastor Tom Craig did not show up at church today.

For the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer, Tom was not a part of our Sunday service.

Assistant pastor Bobby McCoy informed us that Tom sent word to him of his inability to attend in a simple three-word sentence: “Feeling weak today.”

And it made the room feel … well, empty.


The new aggressive chemotherapy is increasingly harsh on our senior pastor. Once again, we see its effects.  Tom attended a fundraiser in his honor at Chik Fil A on Thursday, sporting causal clothes, including a t-shirt. I was out of town, unable to attend, but I was able to see a picture of him on Facebook. His neck is gaunt and his arms appear bony. Those who attended said he was extremely tired.

Yeah, the service felt empty, because we miss Tom. We miss his…

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