A few months ago, musician and friend-of-the-show Will Gray found that he had a tumor in his sinus, and that it was cancerous. He has had surgery to remove the tumor in his sinus, but will be undergoing both chemotherapy and radiation.
The friends and family of Will and his wife, Angie, have come together to help them with meals, rides to the hospital, and financial assistance. However, this is not going to be a quick process.
So, we at More Than One Lesson ask that you please donate to help Will and Angie. They are insured, but Will is unable to work, so they need all the help they can get. You can find out more by going to the website below.
When I was in kindergarten, we were told to create a book and write about what we want to be when we grow up. Based on my answer to this premise, I should have known that my career goals in my adult life would be all over the board. In my book I explained that I wanted to be a cop, and if that didn’t work out I wanted to be the Karate Kid. Ralph Macchio would have been so proud.
In my testimony episode, I mentioned my former youth pastor, Randy Edwards, being instrumental in my coming to Christ. Shortly after that episode aired, Randy passed away of cancer. This video was played at his funeral.
What follows is a tale of love and loss, of wooing and woe, and of the God that has yet to speak on how He fits into it all. It is long, intimate, melodramatic and at times, rambling, written, I suppose, as a type of catharsis for myself or for any other believer who, when it comes to the topic of romantic love, finds some truth and relation in the words of C.S. Lewis when he said:
“When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of ‘No answer.’ It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, ‘Peace, child; you don’t understand.’”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Jeremiah 29:11
On July 6th of this year, I was laid off from my job. I’ll always remember that day because, contrary to the wisdom bestowed upon us by Office Space, I was let go on a Wednesday and told that my dismissal was immediate. Without any job prospects, any real idea of what I wanted to do next, and without even an updated resume, any normal person in my situation would’ve probably been concerned with the situation. I was now forced into facing the unenviable task of job searching without so much as the slightest inkling of career goals or a plan of attack to achieve them. [...]
A year ago, I moved from a small town in Ohio to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. It wasn’t an easy thing to finally do, but I knew it was the only thing that made sense at that point in my life. Filmmaking is the only thing I’ve ever planned on doing since I was 13 years old. My fiancée, Rachel, was the most supportive and influential person when it came to finally stepping out and moving here, and without her I doubt I would have done it at all.
My family acquired a 1995 Ford Explorer from some family friends back in 1997. Since then, it has been a big part of our lives. It was primarily my father’s car. When he passed away in 2002, the truck pretty much became mine, though, since I lived in Chicago at the time, I didn’t have much use for it. So it stayed in Missouri and I would drive it in the Summer when I would come home from school.
It’s Sunday, May 15th. 4:32 am.
It just started raining outside. I’m alone. My wife is currently out of town. She gets back tomorrow.
I lived in Nixa, Missouri from Summer ’98 to Fall ’01. Once I moved away to Chicago, I attended college, graduated, got married, and relocated to Los Angeles. In other words, I grew up. As such, I’ve always associated Nixa with a simpler time in my life; a time when I didn’t have quite the concerns I have now. [...]