Friday, June 19, 2009

Meet Bruce

This is my friend Bruce.  Bruce and his family have attended Community of Faith since the beginning.  Bruce is one of our amazing, faithful KidZone volunteers.  Bruce has cancer.  Bruce was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks before I received my cancer diagnosis.  He is one of the reasons I followed through with my colonoscopy appointment.  

Bruce called me today to let me know that the results of his latest CT scan were not as positive as mine were.  His cancer has metastasized.  He will begin chemotherapy next week.  

I tell you all this to ask you to pray.  As you pray for me, please pray for Bruce.  Pray for healing. Pray for peace, courage, strength, and perseverance as the road ahead gets dark and difficult before it gets better. Please pray for Bruce's family.  He is married and has three children at home.  

There is a new song called  "Can't Take Away" by Mikeschair being played on the radio recently and the chorus has been stuck in my head today:  

"You can take away everything that I've been holding. 
You can take away the sun. 
You can take away the very air that I've been breathing. 
But you can't take away my God."  

Hang on, Bruce!  Keep fighting!  We all have your back!

"Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with." James 5:16


  1. You and Bruce will be in my daily prayers at my assigned time!!! The symphony has many parts and there is always room for more!!!!!!!!!! God has a big, big house with lots and lots of room, but I pray he lets us all stay with the ones we love here as long as it is possible and it is his will.

    paula petritz

  2. We will be praying for Bruce too here in Panama!

  3. Laura, Bruce and family, we lift you up to our good and kind Lord. I pray my most favorite healing scripture for you all,
    Psalm 103, which starts:
    "Praise the Lord, oh my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, o my soul, and forget not all His benefits - Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things and renews your youth like the eagle's."
    We are loving you intensely!
    Matt & Kaye Larberg