With a little help from my friends

As I shared, my friends have started a campaign to help raise money for my treatment and medical bills. Read previous blog to learn more. Well, one of the things they are also doing is writing letters… letters about the impact I’ve made in their lives. It’s pretty humbling to read them. They thought I should share with you. And so that’s what we’ll do for the next few months, in addition to other blog entries.

My desire to help and be there for people is just something I’ve always done. In fact, it’s hard to be on the receiving end. But we must be able to ask for and receive help when we need it. And for that I am grateful.

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“Brandon has been a brother at all times.  In trials that would’ve ripped our faith apart, we fervently talked and prayed that our journey’s end would make everything else in-between make sense.  In times, when we both struggled with life’s trials we would reason together. In my times of needed prayer, where words were lost, when feelings were scattered, and our hearts could find no rest, he prayed for me and I for him. In times when my mind couldn’t find relaxation in my faith, plagued with questions, doubts, fears, and anger, he gave me an ear. When I was convinced that I was too unworthy to speak to God, I confessed my sins to Brandon. Expecting rebuke, expecting firm chastising, instead I found soft words for my heavy heart. I found a reminder in him that Jesus would forgive me, even when I couldn’t. I thank God for him, because were it not for the presence of God in him, I am not sure where I would be.”

 -Darrick L. Brown

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100 Days to Save a Life

A group of friends have gotten together to launch a fundraising campaign, “100 Days to Save a Life.” I am humbled at their efforts and support since my diagnosis with brain cancer. The campaign began earlier this month and will end on May 12, 2013, which marks my two year fight.  

http://www.giveforward.com/teambrandnupossibilities

Our goal is $400,000. It is lofty. It is ambitious. And yet it is the total cost of my medical and living expenses for just about six months. Just one of the cancer drugs I must take to stay alive totals $64,000 a month.

Whatever we raise, I am grateful. As much a blessing are the friends and loved ones I have. With their support and God’s grace, I continue my fight.

Thank you for whatever you contribute – be it a monetary gift, sharing this post with others, prayers, encouraging words and love. 

-Brandon

A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
-Proverbs 17:17

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Reflections of the Prodigal Son: Part III

I have been talking for a little while about the story of the Prodigal Son Jesus tells in the book of Luke. Read the story here. Here are the earlier posts, Part I and Part II. For Part III, want to share my thoughts on the father.

Four things we can learn about our Heavenly Father:

 1. He has great vision.
“But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him…” (Luke 15:20). Even though we may not be able to see what’s ahead of us, our Father sees. It is not our vision when it comes to faith. But it is the vision of the Father that can lead us to the expected end that Jeremiah talks about. God sees where we are, where we can be and how to get there. Knowing that gives us the courage to keep going. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

I hope your 2013 has gotten off to a great start. Just a little message to say hello. I am praying for amazing things to happen for you in 2013. With God, all things are possible.

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Reflections on the Prodigal Son: Part II

A few weeks ago, I shared some initial thoughts on the famous parable we find in Luke, the Prodigal Son.  Click here to read. I want to continue by looking at the older brother. He is perhaps the character we pay the least amount of attention to.  But what can we learn from him?

The older brother became upset because his father celebrated his younger brother’s return when he, the “good” one, had always been there, serving him for years (verse 29). Why couldn’t he celebrate his brother’s blessing? Rejoice in having him back home, safe? Continue reading

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