Another Chapter: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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13 Responses

  1. Linn says:

    “For those of us who are believers, death is central to our faith…” So true, and I am becoming more aware of this fact (at 64), and watching many more of my friends leave this live for the next. Yet, as much as we know about the glory that awaits us because we are in Christ, we cling so hard to what we know, at least that ‘s what I do. I need constant reminders, like your well-written post, that this life is not all there is. I trust that you will be in that 70% negative category. Take care!

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Linn

    Many thanks! Yes, unfortunately reminders come to us, whether bidden or not.

  3. Em says:

    Well…
    I am 85 now and every friend I’ve had is gone. Fortunately i have good down to earth neighbors up here on the mountains, but…..
    We’ve been discovered and the west siders are swarming in. A building boom! Most are very arrogant, considering the locals
    “hillbillies.” Give me these honest, down to earth locals any day.
    but returning to the topic here… at this point in life, singing “this world is not my home… ” comes easy.😏
    A strange mindset? I find it so.

  4. Michael says:

    I find myself in an odd position…having spent years preparing to die only to have an unexpected new lease on life.
    I had not spent any time preparing to live.
    The reality is that I will simply one day die of something else…but I want to make the most out of what is still on the lease.

  5. Linn says:

    I think what really matters is “today.” I had a dear friend who lived her life quite successfully ten years after she was diagnosed as terminal. Besides being my spiritual big sister for several years, she left a legacy of service in those ten years that most of us could never equal. I work hard on making my “todays” count.

  6. Em says:

    Linn, making today count! AMEN! ! !

  7. DavidM says:

    Duane, reading your article has unexpectedly brought a flood of emotions to me., even some tears.
    For one thing,, our friendship that began over 50 years ago has become more precious over the past decade. So, coming face-to-face with the possibility of losing a dear friend is a harsh reality that I am not ready to embrace. Oh, I know, for all of us it is not a “possibility, nor even a probability. It is an inevitability. We just do not know when. When we were the long-haired “Jesus freaks” in our youth, Jesus was our focus, our life. And now as the shadows grow longer, He remains our life and focus more than ever. I pray for you to be in the 70 percentile of the biopsy results and for many more years of fruitful service to our Lord.
    Secondly, it has reminded me of my own place in life. I am 71, in excellent good health, and very active in ministry. For that I am more deeply thankful to the Lord than I am able to express. But I know that the finish line is not that far in front of me. What saddens me is that I have a one year-old grandson who has become the greatest joy of my life right now (after 4 granddaughters, ages 16, 14, 9, and 6). That great joy is tempered by the fact that I most likely will not be here when he becomes a young man. I know that when we die we will be resurrected and in the presence of God for eternity. That is our great hope. But here on earth, like you, I do not fear death, I just am not ready for it all to end.
    May God grant us more good health and more years!

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    For some reason, I never had any doubts that you would make it through. Still, mortality is part of the plan. Living life in a manner that we are prepared to die is not a science… it’s an art.

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    DavidM,

    Yes, we’ve travelled some miles! For what it’s worth, I’ve decided to approach this time of uncertainty as a “spiritual exercise”. I thought long and hard before writing this article and almost didn’t send it to Michael, but writing it and sending it is part of the exercise. My mixed emotions and thoughts needed to be put into the context of a “greater whole”. For me, that greater whole is my family, the Church and the common experience of humankind, which, of course, leads us to the theology of the Incarnation. Whatever the outcome, I know that I am bound to you and the others here owing to the reality of the Word made flesh.

    I’ll join you in your prayer for good health and more years…

  10. Em says:

    Uncertainty – a Spiritual exercise… yes and amen
    Great is God’s faithfulness – God keep Dr. Duane strong in spirit, mind and body
    Michael also and many other of the Phoenix peeps, too

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    Em

    Thank you…

  12. Captain Kevin says:

    Great article, Duane! Praying for you.

  13. Duane Arnold says:

    Captain Kevin

    Appreciate the prayers…

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