Saturday, December 17, 2005

December 17, 2005 - A Passage to India

The internet is a strange and wonderful thing. I've been getting many warm, supportive comments from church friends and family who have been reading things I've written here, but one of the most remarkable is from a new friend who lives halfway around the world. Tarun Jacob is a medical doctor from India, who happened to run across my blog while doing some kind of web search. He sent me an e-mail, and we've been corresponding.

Tarun also happens to have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He's currently receiving chemotherapy, and has a wonderful, upbeat attitude towards the whole experience. But he and I have more in common than that. First, he too has a blog, which he's been using to record his experiences; you can visit his blog by clicking here. (You really ought to check it out - he's got way more cool pictures on his blog than I do!) Second, he's a Christian. And third (along with his parents and his wife, who are also physicians), he's associated with the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, which began as a Presbyterian medical mission and still has strong ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Small world!

I've written in earlier posts about what I call the Cancer Underground - that invisible network of support that has immediately reached out and enfolded me in love and caring. Well, it seems the Cancer Underground has a very long reach indeed. Amazing!

Or maybe it's not so amazing... because, I hasten to remind myself, God is at work in all of this. Who else could reach all the way to India, to arrange for a Christian brother and fellow NHL survivor to contact me and share his faith and concern?

Like I said... strange and wonderful!


awesome nephew. said...

well, you certainly are an author. you've always struck me as a very private person, so it's a suprise that you of all people would create a blog. im glad youve found an outlet, especially one that allows you to be so eloquent!


Alex said...

Hello pastor, came here through Tarunjacob's blog.
Merry Christmas!