When Your World Crashes Down

November 22, 2013

A week ago my OT colleague and good friend, Mark McGinniss, and I shared the seminary chapel to talk about our personal journeys over the past year—a year which might well be titled “When Your World Crashes Down.” Our situations are, in one sense, quite different. They are similar in that we have both had to face some unexpected realities in life. I’ve mentioned my circumstances here before, so I will not rehearse them again. Mark is dealing, not with a terminal diagnosis, but with “TN”—a nonterminal condition that produces some of the most excruciating pain known to medical science, and that on a very frequent basis. At this point there is no medical hope for any change in his condition and he (and his wife) must anticipate living with it for the rest of his life. Mark is younger than me. A few weeks ago we talked about addressing these situations in chapel so that our young “pastors in training” could grapple with issues they would one day face in ministry. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but it was a very emotional hour for both Mark and me. Below you will find a transcript of our initial presentation. The rest of the hour was Q&A format. We have been told that it was a helpful discussion, though we are not in a good position to judge. So, FWIW, here’s what we said up front.

When Your World Crashes Down (pdf)

For those who do not know Mark, his specialty is OT poetry, especially the Song of Songs. He blogs at Outside My Door.


2 responses to When Your World Crashes Down

  1. Continuing to pray for you, brother.

  2. You’re daily in my prayers. I greatly admire your ministry & impact on my life. I am wow’d by the dignity & honor you’re demonstrating in a grievous battle.