October 29, 2020

Thank you for your prayers

From Chaplain Mike: Many of you have been asking about Michael’s health. I pass on this report from his friend Ryan, who is one of the participants on the Boar’s Head Tavern site, which Michael also leads. Here’s Ryan’s update:

“I know many of you have been praying for Michael, and I wanted to let you know that he, and the whole family, appreciates your prayers and the kind messages being sent his way.

“I want to update the reading audience about what we know from our end. After being very dizzy and sick for three weeks, Michael was given a non-specific cancer diagnosis last week. He was scheduled for a biopsy, and possibly more tests, today (Tuesday), but he was too weak and dehydrated from being so sick lately. The doctors decided to admit him to the university hospital in Lexington to hydrate him, and get him ready for the biopsy. The latest word was that he was feeling better after receiving fluids. We are expecting a more concrete diagnosis/prognosis later this week.

“Please pray for Michael to get some strength back, and to be able to eat and drink solidly. Also pray for us to get real answers and certainty about something soon. Michael and Denise are going through this with a lot of strength and hope in Christ, and for that we can be thankful.

“If you haven’t read Denise’s post on “advent within Advent” please do so.”

“The fellows at the BHT, and IM readers have been a significant part of Michael’s faithful journey as a minister, writer and fellow post-evangelical sojourner. Your prayers mean a lot right now. I hope he’ll get his strength back soon so you can hear from him directly.”

On Facebook, Michael’s son Clay reported that Michael is scheduled for surgery on Christmas Eve at 7:15am. Thanks for praying for him as he goes through this and for the doctors who will be planning treatment for the future.