Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
January 17, 2021
Sunday morning and time for humor, music, pictures, stories, and videos…
It is the Sabbath and a time for contemplation and relaxation.
Today’s theme – Inspiring ‘Father’ Story and Humor
Pastor Jay Hewitt, of Friends Church Orange, gives God all the glory after fulfilling his dream of competing in an Ironman Triathlon, even after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
With the competition being canceled due to the pandemic, he participated in a solo virtual triathlon with the finish line set up at his home.
Placentia resident, Hewitt completed the Ironman triathlon in less than 14 hours after going through 2 brain surgeries, 30 radiation sessions, and a year of chemo. He said his inspiration for it was his 7-year-old daughter named Hero.
39-year-old Hewitt first saw an Ironman race on TV in 1989 and thought, “they must be superhuman”. After his daughter’s birth in 2015, he decided he would compete in an Ironman when she was around 10 years old to show her that she can do anything she puts her mind to.
Tragedy set into their lives when in 2018, Hewitt was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and so he began training earlier than he had planned. “My first day of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in August 2019 was the first day I started my Ironman training,” Hewitt said.
Hewitt got in touch with the organizers and they suggested that he be part of the IRONMAN VR Kona virtual race as the pandemic forced them to cancer all races. “I was able to design my own course in my hometown and plot the finish line so it was right in front of my garage, which I knew would give me a sense of coming home that would drive me throughout,” he said.
On October 9, 2020 Hewitt began with a 2-mile swim in Newport Beach’s Back Bay and then biked 112 miles before running the final 26.2 miles. Chemo wreaked havoc on his digestive system.= and he couldn’t digest nutrition or hydration, the stomach pain was so severe he threw up.
As he reached the corner to the finish line after 13 hours and 40 minutes, hundreds of people were there to cheer him on. Ironman even constructed an authentic finish line for him at his house. He said seeing his daughter made it all count for him.
“My daughter and my wife were holding that tape, so I just zeroed in on them thinking ‘I’m coming home.’
I didn’t have much energy, but I gave my wife a kiss, handed her and my daughter flowers and got down on my knees to say to Hero, ‘If I can do it, you can do it. Dream big and never give up hope.’
I got to tell her that it was really hard for me, but I had thought about coming home to her, and that she had given me the strength to finish.”
Looking up I then exclaimed “Mission accomplished, Glory to God!”
One More Thought
Time for a little Humor…
We all know what you were doing there!
Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose in the other members’ private lives. Church members were unappreciative of her activities but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon. She said to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.
George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.
Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house…and left it there all night!
The effects of 2020…
I don’t want to say that I’m worn out, but I no longer get near the curb on trash day.
What comes to mind…or not
One Sunday morning, the minister told the congregation that he was going to say a series of words, and he wanted them to sing the song that came to mind, when he said each word.
The first word he said was “rock.”
They immediately started singing “Rock of Ages.”
The second word he said was “Blood.”
And they sang “Power in the Blood.”
The third word was “Cross.”
And they began singing “The Old Rugged Cross.”
The fourth word he said was “Sex.”
Everyone gasped and then it got very quiet, then way in the back of the church an 87-year-old lady stood up and started singing “Memories.”
Lord, we thank you for this life, for your direction, for goodness and most of all for sending Jesus. I pray that you all have a blessed Sunday and week ahead, wherever you are and however you can. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
© Credits Alan Dupuis – with All the Glory to God