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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


My friend Joey is close to reaching his last days. As he and his wife recently made the decision to cease all cancer treatments, he wrote this poem afterwards. I talked to Karen this morning and she said that they were talking last night about everything they have endured. Joey said, "You know if just one person comes to faith in Christ as a result of my cancer, then it's all worth it." That is supernatural grace!

This ol' vessel has served me well
From Mother's womb we first set sail
Through channels deep we rode the swell
To smoother waters our journey's tale

Many years we labored long
Both hull and sails remaining strong
Round every reef new wonders held
Anchored down and again we sailed

But alas the hull grows weaker now
The sails all torn, mast coming down
Continue to fight the sounding seas
Or to your Maker surrender thee?

Repairs we've made with courage true
This trusty vessel all but through
So now this sailor with gladdened heart
Looks for rest as he departs

And with equal courage surrender be
As noble as the fight thinks he
To its Maker he returns
His vessel from its bow to stern.


What an amazing poem! So full of hope at the end of his life. Joey is amazing.
Sam   Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sounds like an amazing friend. I know you will miss him.
LGrant   Thursday, August 16, 2012
Grateful for them that they have their faith that has sustained and propelled them through this ordeal -- yet it still breaks my heart. I'm so sorry for your friends, their family, you...
pegi   Thursday, August 16, 2012
I'm headed down to visit them tomorrow. I'm helping them to get a book of all his poetry published. It is sad but they are both so at peace about it all. They are both really amazing.
Good News   Thursday, August 16, 2012
My heart goes with you, Mike.
!   Thursday, August 16, 2012
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