Several weeks ago, one of our columnists shared with me some distressing news. Dr. Don Newbury, who writes the "Idle American" feature for our paper and others around the area, emailed me to share that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing surgery in early June.
This week, he shares that information with our readers.
I've never had the good fortune to meet Mrs. Newbury. However, Dr. Newbury has been in our office many times, and his broad smile and delightful chuckle brightens our space each time he visits. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he always arrives carrying with him a large sack of popcorn. Though I don't eat it, the girls in the office are always excited by his gift.
Dr. Don Newbury is one of those incredible people we all hope to have pass through our lives. A man of great faith, warm cordiality, and great humor. He shares his insights with our readers, and offers his take on the world, all with no compensation. He always makes deadline (usually delivering his columns by Friday, even when he has to go out of town). This week's column was sent two weeks ago, as he and his wife were preparing for her surgery.
I bring all of this up because it seems that so many people have had to deal with illness and loss recently, and I offer Dr. Newbury as a shining example of how one man deals with life's traumas.
He and his wife have been prayerful, confident and accepting. They have looked at their options, and they have discussed them with the doctors, with family and with each other. They know the obstacles they face, and they know the triumphs they can achieve.
Not all of us are as able to deal with hardship so well. Many of us are angry at the world, at our illnesses, and even at God, for having "allowed" such bad things to happen. I wish that all of us could be like the Newbury family and thank God that he has provided good doctors, good friends and good family to help us through the situation.
I want to close this week with an exhortation to the readers to include this loving Christian family in your prayers this week. They are the type of people that include you in their prayers, just because you need them, so let's return the favor.
Also, while you're at it, throw up some prayers for those many others we know that are suffering because of an illness in their family, or because of recent losses. God doesn't care how well you know the folks you're praying for; but, I'm pretty sure He will be impressed that a prayer on their behalf is coming from somewhere!
And, finally, how about a few prayers to simply thank God for our fortune over the weekend! Incredible storms swept through the area. Rather than complaining about the damage some of us may have suffered, thank God that no one lost their life or was injured. We got some much needed rain, and the storms finally went away. If that's not a reason for prayer, I don't know what is!
It’s all just my opinion.