My New Turn on this Ancient Path

Photo Jun 28, 11 44 21 AMOn September 3rd/4th, God clearly redirected my path through a health crisis that revealed an undergirding reality…

I have Brain Cancer.
(My wife has been telling this story from her perspective at her blog for more details.

I post for several reasons that I want to briefly share.

#1 I want you to know that I am at peace with trusting God’s sovereign, loving, gracious, kind Hand.  While this is not a path that I volunteered for, it is perfectly in line with His work in the universe and The Story that He has been telling since the beginning, and He has not failed me for a billionth of a second.

#2 I want you to know that I feel deeply loved.  The outpouring of love towards me and my family has been so overwhelmingly, that it is impossible for me to accurately express my appreciation.  God has used many of you to lavish love on us and we are so thankful.

#3 I want you to know that I am confident in the power of God through His power to use this story for our good and His glory.  I have said those words as a part of almost every service that I have led as a pastor in the last (almost) three years, and I am confident, now to an even higher degree, that God’s loving gracious in my life is to shepherd me through circumstances that lead to my very best and His greatest fame.

It is a hard path, without a doubt.  But Everest is never summited without the journey up the mountain.  Hard…absolutely.  Worth it…without question.

So I hope that this post leaves you informed, prayerful, and encouraged that the God of the Universe is lovingly sitting on His throne and that one His beloved children (that would be me 🙂 it sitting in His lap, experiencing His shepherding, loving, kindness, graciousness, teaching, and ministry in my very core.

I love you and, Lord willing, I will share with you what I experience as I can, that you may be encouraged and God my receive His rightly deserved fame.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  – 1 Peter 1:3-7

Disclaimer: My tumor is effecting my communication center (among other things), so eloquence a luxury and you get what you get…until I get an editor.  🙂 

15 thoughts on “My New Turn on this Ancient Path

  1. Praise God for how you are embracing His Truth for your life. He indeed is great and glorious in all our circumstances and He so loves us, (you) with a love that is incomprehensible. You cause me to worship Him this morning.. I and all of us Leaches love and pray for you and all who surround you. How wonderful to hold on to our Father’s merciful, sovereign plan and what a privilege to have Him write His Story through our lives…..Aunt Janet

  2. I can hear your voice as I read this and see you saying, “For His Glory,” in your sermons, in the hall, while eating crawfish, talking to your family, over coffee with me and David, everywhere. Praise God for your steady heart. Praying Psalm 125 over you…”Those who trust in God are steady as Mt Zion, unmoved by circumstance. Just as the mountains surround and protect Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds and protects….” Jesse and Jesse’s people. Abba, Father. For His Glory. Your story gets more beautiful everyday. You may never know how many you have blessed with your strength pre September 3 and post September 3. We often started discussions in our life group with, “remember that time Jesse said…” We are not in Texas anymore, but I can just imagine the discussions now. It’s all because of Jesus. We love you. We are praying for you. And I am happy to edit anything you need anytime too.

  3. No editor needed! You left your thankfulness, gratefulness and Godliness on the page of your journey. I find I’m humbled by your and Ashley’s on going story and am warm hearted that you share it so that we can learn from it and be in daily prayer for you and your family. God is the great physician and express that knowledge in every way.

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  5. You are living out Romans 15:13 & I thank you for using this scary time in your life to encourage others. Prayers for you & yours!
    Donna Nix, friend of Allison

  6. Beautifully written Jesse! Your faith and courage during these difficult circumstances is so evident and powerful and has not been unnoticed. You and Ashley are so inspiring through your words sharing the gospel. I will continue to share your story in hope that others will know God and accept Jesus Christ. I will also continue to pray for healing for you!

  7. The Morans are still fervently praying for you. We had planned to visit, but our kids have taken turns being sick last week and this week, and I’m sure coming down with a virus is the last thing you need! We love you all and will continue to remember you in prayers throughout this process!

  8. Brother, this is Bobby de Leon. Kori heard the news in Dr. Hamilton’s class @ Southern. We have been grieved by the news but not without hope so we are praying for you and your family since we heard. We love you bro and are so sorry that you all are going through this. We will continue to pray and please let us know if we can help in any way. Kori and I both still have the same numbers.

  9. Darryl and I are praying for you and your family! Thank you for your honesty – and for demonstrating what it means to walk the walk Christ calls us to! You and your wife are an inspiration – you are a true testament of keeping your eyes on the eternal and God’s glory!
    Praying – With Love – Darryl and Gayla Daniell

  10. Thanks for the “Story” and delivering the “Root & Fruit”. Words cannot express my appreciation for your influence in my spiritual walk. Today you are at your best. May God continue to show His glory through you!

  11. Pastor Jesse, I love you and love so much watching you tackle this with Love in and from our Lord. This is how we are suppose to face the trials of our lives head on (no pun intended) with every ounce of our being totally leaning on God for our strength. I have been enriched by you and Ashley, watching you grow our TVCC into a church of strength in and for Jesus. My life and Roger’s have greatly improved spiritually and has changed since your arrival almost three years ago that dewy Easter morning when we experienced your first sermon with TVCC! What we are seeing in your marriage through this struggle is pure love! Praying for you my friend, and Pastor! All our love

  12. Dear Jesse – your courage and strength is evident, your faith and love for God is encouraging to all. I know God is working through you and is walking beside you with every step. I have stayed in touch with your journey through June and David. Your whole extended family continues to pray for you and your family. Love Ellen

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