A litte over a week ago our good friends and our pastors were hit with a bomb. Liz, a 36 year old mom of 4, had a stroke. The next few days were intense and scary as we rallied to pray. As doctors worked they discovered the stroke was caused by a hole in Liz’s heart. On top of the stroke, they discovered 2 aneurisms and a mass on her thyroid. I think this would qualify as a difficult day.
David says in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff comfort me.” I’ve been reading Psalm 23 often over the past 6 months. One of the things I have wondered is what was David thinking when he wrote this worshipful prayer. Was he recalling the lonely nights in the wilderness as a shepherd boy? Was he thinking about the day he stood toe to toe with Goliath? What were his darkest valleys? Having Uriah killed? Being forced to flee his throne by his own son? Running for his life for years from the king he swore to serve? In whatever way dark valleys come, self inflicted or simply by living, we can be sure they will come.
Over the past 10 days as we have walked with the Griffin’s through this dark valley. What has astounded me during this journey through darkness is what has come out of them. They have worshipped, cried, laughed, encouraged, and inspired in the midst of all that has sprung up around them. When they were hurled into this dark valley they’ve not shrunk back in fear. Sure they have had moments where the unknown of the future felt scary. But in those places they have clung to the promise that in this dark valley Jesus is with them.
Jady & Liz are walking through a dark valley. They aren’t out of it yet. There are still multiple surgeries to be had and a long road of recovery. But they aren’t letting fear win the day. They have declared “we are gonna thrive, not just survive.” This is can only be done when you find your strength outside of yourself. You find this kind of strength by leaning into the grace of God. When you continually recall, YOU ARE WITH ME.
As they continue to walk this journey we want to ask you to walk with them. While Liz is making remarkable progress in her recovery, the journey to full restoration is substantial. To help them we have started a GoFundMe to help them cover the medical & therapeutic expenses they will be facing in the coming weeks & months. In just 3 days we raised over $7900, more than a 1/3 of our initial goal. But we need your help to get us to the goal of $20k. Give the link below a click and walk with us through this valley.