DON'S HEALTH UPDATE
The big news of this edition of the BiblicalSpirituality.org newsletter is that I just had my one-year colonoscopy, and the surgeon confirmed that I am CANCER-FREE. This is, of course, great news for which we praise the Lord. Actually, it's only been eleven monthsnot a yearsince my diagnosis an colon resection. And the doctor said last December after the surgery that he had removed all the malignancy. Still it was very reassuring for him to actually take a look internally and confirm that there are no traces of the cancer. This is a good time to remind myself, of course, that our confidence should always be in God and not in men or medicine, though we are grateful for how God uses them. And the apparent absence of colon cancer does not guarantee that I will wake up tomorrow morning. But it is an occasion for rejoicing and has added new meaning to our season of thanksgiving. So once again, thanks to all those who have prayed for me. I have recalled several times recently those days in the hospital not long ago when I felt such dependence upon the prayers of God's people.
And now my request for prayer for the immediate future has to do with a major research and writing project. I have been granted a half-sabbatical at the seminary in order to complete this project by next summer. It is essential that I finish it, and there is much to do.
ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT DON'S FAMILY WORSHIP BOOKS
The second printing of the small work on Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home began shipping in October. We have enlarged the font for easier reading, and this means the length has doubled to sixty-four pages. The price has remained the same. If you'd like to place an order for one or more copies as Christmas gifts or as a short study in your church or small group after the first of the year, click here.
I would appreciate your prayers for the Family Worship project. At present we are completing work on an audio version.
Caffy has just finished her major art project of the last couple of months It's related to a rerelease of the popular Small Talks on Big Questions books later this month by Solid Ground Christian Books. Many have asked about this great resource for family worship, and we are pleased to say that it will soon be available again.
Outside the studio she has (1) turned the garden under and planted her cover crop, and (2) completed another satisfying semester of teaching the one-night-a-week classes in Southern's "Seminary Wives Institute" headed by Mary (Mrs. Al) Mohler. Soon the Christmas lights will go up.
Laurelen had one of her major events of the year right after we sent the last newsletter. Although she'd only taken up knitting a year before, she won the blue ribbon in the adult division of the "Wearable Art" category at the Kentucky State Fair. Although it's not a great photo, you can see her here with the blue ribbon and the green shawl she knitted. She continues to enjoy knitting and all related subjects and skills as much as ever, and we're happy to encourage her in it. (Elsewhere on this page, you'll see an even less-flattering photo from the state fair of the famous "Whitney Pack".)
Beyond the domestic arts, Laurelen also ran with a girls cross-country team this fall. While long-distance running may never be her forte', her cross-country experience formed both her body and character in ways that athletics should.
Farm & Garden Report
As I've mentioned, Caffy's garden has been turned under and a cover crop of rye grass is thick and high. She had some "robber bees" (you'll have to look that apicultural term up for yourself) which did significant damage to her hive this fall. The extent of the damage won't be known until spring. But she does continue to feed the bees during this downtime in the natural food cycle.
The big news in the animal department has been the addition in October of our great new dog, Arwen. (You can't tell too much about her from the photo of the two of us, but it's the best we have at the moment.) Laurelen named her after the Elven princess who marries Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. She's a terrific pup, half Lab and half Australian Shepherd. You'll be hearing more about her in forthcoming issues of the newsletter, I'm sure.
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
2 Timothy 4:22