About me: Married to my muse, Kim. 4 kids, 3 girls and baby brother, Joy, Caroline, Samantha, Owen. We live in Bishop, GA.
Update 02/08/18: I’ve published a book!
So why is my blog site titled “twostories”? For two reasons, really. First, because, as you’ll glean from my posts, I’m using this site to provide updates about my family’s battle with my cancer, but I’m also using it to talk about my faith journey as a follower of Christ. Some posts are both or more one than the other. If I feel it appropriate, I’ll put a disclaimer at the top if the post has nothing to do with my health so as not to manipulate those that are reading only for health updates, though it is my hope that you’d read on anyway.
The other reason I’ve chosen “twostories” (and the site’s namesake) is a sermon by a great theologian and author, Frederick Buechner (pronounced “BEEK-ner”). If you want to know what I’m about or, at least, what I hope to be about and think the whole world should be about, then I encourage you to read his sermon “The Two Stories.” Being open and vulnerable about your health and your faith is no easy thing, and there have been many times that I have wanted to quit writing due to feelings of embarrassment, insecurity, and fear of judgement. Sensing this, my dear friend and pastor pointed me to Mr Buechner’s writing because he thought it would resonate with me, and this sermon in particular because it would encourage me. It certainly did.
Buechner says “…to tell the story of who we really are and of the battle between light and dark, between belief and unbelief, between sin and grace that is waged within us all costs plenty and may not gain us anything, we’re afraid, but an uneasy silence and a fishy stare.” Indeed. But he also says, “each of us has a tale to tell if we would only tell it.”
Writing is a great benefit to me, personally. But I tell my story, despite frequent reservations, in case it might be of benefit to others, if only one.
I’ll leave it to you to read the sermon to understand its profound affect on me. You can read it on his website, here: www.frederickbuechner.com/blog/2016/8/20/the-two-stories