I know on previous occasions I have mentioned the Senior Pastor, Stan Buck, at Logan and Savannah's preschool. About 18 months ago, he learned of a brain tumor he had. Often when I would read his blog, I felt like I was reading my own story. I was thrilled to meet and talk with him last December at Logan's Christmas program. A year ago, he was considered to be in remission, but his doctor often told him this was not a cancer he trusted. Unfortunately, it came back in July with a vengeance. He ultimately decided he hoped to be here to the end of the year for two imminent reasons: their church's 25-year celebration, and the birth of their first grandchild. The did move the church's celebration up three weeks, so he able to participate last Sunday. His grandchild's delivery is scheduled for 12/12/12.
This is what his wife blogged today on his behalf:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Stan’s battle with cancer ended around 5 am this morning. We are sad to lose him, but confident that he is with Jesus. The battle which he fought against brain cancer is now won as he experiences ultimate healing in the presence of God. His faithful dog Quincy stayed at his side until his last breath. We all grieve in the loss but rejoice in a life well lived.
Sometimes this journey, for me, (like today) slaps me in the face. I still cling to the promise God gave me when all this began...Jeremiah 29:11
Leaning on the everlasting arms of my Savior!