Our Family’s Challenge

As a Pastor, I am faced with challenges every day.  My heart is always sensitive to the needs of the precious people that may or may not be a part of my immediate surroundings.  It could possibly be someone within our church family or a stranger that we encounter who is struggling with some type of challenge. I have done this long enough to know that no one gets a time-line of events handed to you when you wake up in the morning.  We don’t know when or what time a trial is emerging in our lives.  Life has the propensity to surprise each of us with circumstances be them good, bad or otherwise.  Plainly said, life just happens.

I can tell you one thing for sure – you may not know what’s coming, but you can know who holds your future and I pray you have a sense of peace in that fact.

This past week my wife Patty and I were handed the news after an annual mammogram that was followed up with a biopsy that she has a “small” spot of cancer within her breast.   We made some decisions at that moment:

1)     We prayed.  We have committed our lives into The Hand of a Mighty God that we believe can do anything.  Especially give great peace & healing.

2)     We would not make decisions based upon fear, but trust in God and allow Him to direct our paths.

3)     We would pull together as a family.  We are more than blessed to have children that believe for Gods best and show such love and support that calms our hearts.

4)     We would pull together as a church family.  This morning Patty and I shared this obstacle that we face.  I’m so thankful that we’re not alone in this.  Not only do we have family and close friends, but we have a church family that will pray, encourage and stand by our sides through this.  We are so thankful for that.

5)     We will be pro-active to have the finest medical treatment that is available to us.  We are blessed and honored that Patty has been an employee of the University of Rochester (Strong Memorial Hospital) for 19 years.

I share this with you today not looking for sympathy of any kind, but for your effort in praying with us and believing in the God who is able to do all things.

We so deeply care for each one reading this and ask you to stand with us in prayer.

Pastor Marty & Patty


  1. Cathy Lawrence Brown says:

    Will be praying for Patty and all of you as you face this challenge together. May God keep His Hand upon you all and give you peace, strength and healing.

  2. Karen Marie (Calandra) RN CHHC says:

    Many prayers for Patty and your family ~ God has so amazed us with allowing medical advances today that saves lives and holistic/biblical principals of nutrition ~ I pray that you look into both conventional and holistic medicine for healing and as you lay all of this at the foot of the cross remember that God heals to create healers for others.. begin to journal your experiences, I wished I would have with my cancer now that i am cancer free ~so I could share that testimony in detail with others facing the same trial now~ My peace and comfort came form believing in HIM and knowing HE was in control and that he had already gone before me and paved the way..He journeys beside you closer than a brother. Through HIM all things are possible ! He hears our prayers !

  3. Susan nobles says:

    To my dear friends, please know that we, ( my whole family) stand behind your whole family! In prayer, patience, love, and hope! Believing for a great outcome! Hang in there! Love all of you guys! Rich, Susie and family

  4. Regina Murray-Roberts says:

    Pastor…I am so sorry to hear this…I will be praying for you guys….Life sure does throw curveballs!!! The devil can be viscious..but we are overcomers covered by the Blood of Jesus irregardless of any circumstance…that does not change..ever!!! I believe God holds your whole family in a special place..you are all so loving..caring..devoted and strong for all of us in the church…I choose to believe Gods presence will be throughout this journey for Patty and the rest of you..If there is anyway I could help out I would love to give back!! May you all have peace in this situation.

  5. Kimberly Jean Grillo says:

    Prayers for a positive outcome!

  6. Ted H Walker says:

    My prayers are with you and for you!

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