A Special Message

“To every thing there is a season, and a time…”

For years, some of my favorite words from scripture have been Ecclesiates 3:1-8. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die”.  A time to die will come for all of us.  For some, like me, it will come sooner than for others.

Last weekend I was up at the cabin in Grand Marais on Friday and Saturday and was feeling great and had a wonderful time enjoying the cabin and visiting with friends. But on Sunday I woke up and was sick. After a “quick” car ride home from the North Shore I was back in the Cities, checked into a hospital by evening and was fighting my 11th case of pneumonia.  I was discharged Tuesday, but still not feeling good.

A week later on Sunday I was back in the hospital.  An MRI has revealed that not only has my tumor come back to life, but it has spread.  While this is rare for my type of tumor, it has spread to my neck and spinal cord. We are trying to form a treatment plan in the next few days. I will do my best to keep you informed.

So…not only am I having computer difficulties, but I am also struggling with medical difficulties. Life is that way sometimes.

I will keep writing these devotions as long as I am able. I ask that you not only pray for me, but for my family: Ruthie; Kelly & Brian, Connor and Megan; Jana; and Kate. In addition I ask your prayers for the medical staff attending to me and my case and for Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.

Together, let’s keep the faith and look upward, travel onward and be not afraid.

Blessings to you,

Pastor John Hogenson

Ecclesiastes 3:1-83 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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