Appointment Set

Just a quick note to let everyone know I have an appointment with my oncologist this Wednesday at 2:15 to learn the diagnosis. Please pray for us in the interim, and especially on that day. I am eager to start treatment, but I am bracing myself for hard news. For that reason I haven’t been as anxious to find out the results as everyone else has. I know that no matter what, my life is in the Lord’s hands but feeling the reality of the peril is hard. I have been comforted by thinking of soldiers who have faced similar peril but walk forward into battle anyway. In some ways I feel the battle will really begin on Wednesday.

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  5. Laura Leonard

    Praying for peace, strength, hope, and comfort for you today, Chris and Sarah (and family)! Thank you for sharing your hearts with us through this blog. You are loved and prayed for from afar <3

  6. Anonymous

    Chris and Sarah, may God give you the strength and courage you need to face this battle with Him.
    He will never leave you or forsake you. You are in my prayers.
    Patti Gehringer

  7. Antonio and Lori Carballo

    God bless you, Chris, and your family. We have been praying for your healing and will continue to do so. You have a church family who loves you and your family so much…Antonio and I are included in that family.

  8. Susan Eyk

    Chris and Sarah,

    You continue to be daily in our prayers. I often find that in my darkest moments, the Lord speaks words of truth and encouragement to me through a song. I don’t know if that is the case for you, though Sarah, I remember fondly your beautiful singing in college days, and so I hope these two songs will bring hope.
    The first is by Rebecca St. James and her little brother, Luke Smallbone, and I hope it will meet you in this dark hour. It is called “Dawn” ( Last year, when I went through a dark medical journey waiting for diagnosis, the song “Fear No More” by Building 429 seemed to capture the journey ( I hope these will encourage you.
    Know that you will not fail to be in our hearts and on our lips in prayer before our great God who does not sit idly by as you walk through the valley, but who walks beside you.

  9. Ellen Bogner

    Blessings of Peace Chris and Sarah. Please know I hold you in prayer as does St.Peters in Fort Atkinson. I’m a lifelong friend of Sarahs mother. You will be held in prayer tomorrow during your appointment and everyday.

  10. Rebecca Thompson

    Thank you for the update. Praying for you and for your family. We are with you and, most importantly, the Lord is with you.

    “The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.” -Matthew 7:25
    “Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock.” -Isaiah 26:4
    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the LORD you God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

    Affectionately in Christ,

  11. Sara Baugh

    Chris, I continue to pray for you, Sarah, and your children and will be in prayer during you appointment Wednesday. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

  12. Sandie Coir Bilbrey

    Chris, your testimony is reaching others in ways that are pleasing to our Lord. We are praying for you and your medical team and your circle of family and supporters. Strength for the wait and for whatever Wednesday brings. He is with you.

  13. Daniel Logan

    15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
    (2 Kings 6:15-17)

    Love – DL+

  14. Matthew Farrelly

    Thank you for your update, Chris. We have ben praying for you at morning prayer each day and I am holding you and Sarah and the kids in prayer. Praying that you know the healing and grace and tenderness of Jesus.

  15. John Wilson

    “I know that no matter what, my life is in the Lord’s hands but feeling the reality of the peril is hard.” Your words ring true, Chris. Wendy & I continue to pray for you & Sarah and the kids every day. Much love.

  16. Anonymous

    We are walking the battle with you through PRAYER!!!! You and the family our on our hearts daily!!!! I will be praying God gives you “The PEACE that passes all understanding” as you walk into the battle! He loves you and Sarah and the kids and your Mom and Dad so very much. May his healing power surge through your body today to give you strength to trust Him and His plan.
    Trusting with you
    Karen Griffon

  17. Chrissy


    I’m sure you feel many conflicting emotions at any given period of time. You’re grieving and hoping simultaneously. It has to be so mentally and emotionally taxing, my friend. I look so forward to you and Sarah’s updates so I know specifically how to pray. Know you’re on my heart and mind constantly and so therefore I’m practicing this thing called praying without ceasing! You are loved – here and above. (I wanted to say in the here and now AND the already/not yet, but not sure if you’re familiar with that phrasing!)


  18. Ian Spacek

    Hello Chris and Sarah,

    My name is Ian. While I did not know you at Resurrection, I recognize you from my time there. I now hail from Christ Church Madison (a Rez church plant) and, thanks to a message from Matthew Farrelly (my landlord and longtime friend and mentor), many of us here have your family in our prayers. In the words of 1 Corinthians 12: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” I simply pray that you always may rest in the knowledge that you are accompanied. In the words of Hebrews 12: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” I find that profound and simply hope these true words are of some encouragement in this challenging season. Peace.


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