In this post Dave Williams writes a letter in regards to his cancer, hope in Jesus, thankfulness for the youth, and how we can move forward from here.
First off, I can’t express enough the tremendous appreciation I have for each and every one of you. It has truly been an honor to be a part of your lives and to have had the opportunity to serve your young men and women. It always impresses me to see their faithfulness to show up each week—rain or shine—to search God’s Word. I look forward to my small groups, and not only that but they are life-giving to me. I enjoy watching them each Wednesday and Thursday night, worshipping God and opening up their Bible as we, together, learn more about Him.
However, my purpose in this letter is not only to express how blessed I am by these young men and women.
In case you weren’t at church on Sunday and did not hear, I want to let you in to what is going on in my life. Awhile ago I started having some health issues that needed to be looked at. As the doctors were running their tests they noticed a small tumor on my Pancreas. This led to more tests being done and ultimately being re-diagnosed with Large B-cell Lymphoma. Of course, at the age of 37, this is not pleasant news, but not earth-shattering either. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God knows exactly what He is doing. This does mean that I will start Chemo-therapy this next week and will eventually have to undergo another Bone-Marrow transplant.
The treatment will render me unable to do one of things I most enjoy: leading small groups. It is with a heavy heart that I have to say goodbye for now while I focus on the new road that God has put me on. It hurts to know that I wont be able to see them each week but, again, I trust God knows what He is doing.
This past week I have been doing some reflecting. It is funny though, it hasn’t been on my situation—It has been on God’s goodness. Frank Gifford, a Hall of Fame football player, died of cancer nearly two years ago. Shortly after his death his wife had this to say about his relationship with God:
“His world got smaller as his God got bigger, and he’d want you to know that, that he died in complete peace. He knew every sin he committed was forgiven.”
I have that same peace. I know that God will keep me on this earth as long as he wants and he will take me home the second he wants me to be home. I know where that home is and what price had to be paid for me to go there. I am so in love with Christ and feel so thankful that He calls me his son.
So thank you, thank you for allowing me a place to serve and consider it pure joy that I had that opportunity. Please keep my family, my wife Cynthia and my two kids Grace and Jack, in your prayers. They trust God, but at the same time would love their husband and dad around a little longer.
In his care,