Something happened to me this week that I thought I would share. During the Fall of 2009 and Spring of 2010 I was fortunate to sponsor a young man named James as he pursued the goal of becoming a Roman Catholic Christian. I spent many weeks with James as he absorbed the various ideas and beliefs of the Catholic faith, which included a 3 day retreat. Last Wednesday I learned that James had suffered a massive stroke in his brain. I went to visit him on Saturday and found my friend in a hospital induced coma (his seizures are too violent if they allow him to wake up). I further learned that James has a rare, inherited disease in which his white blood cells attack his red blood cells. His only method of survival are constant blood transfusions. James is around 30 years old. With the stroke, he is now paralyzed and may never walk again (assuming he survives the next few days).
I have posted various messages about my desire to work in Alaska this summer. Thank God I am in a position to dream such dreams! Also, I must not waiver in attempting to make my dreams come true because next year I might be in a position like my friend James, with no options and little hope. If I am lucky enough to fulfill my Alaskan dream, then the adventure will be dedicated to James, and all others like him, that were never allowed the chance to go to great places.