The last couple of days, I've been up in Portland Oregon with my buddy Randy. Crazy thing, only a few weeks ago he went into the doctor for a routine checkup, and he found out he had AML leukemia pulsing through his veins.
Randy is an unbelievable part of our KIVU family. He came out a few years ago ready to work, and instantly became adored by the family we're a part of out in Colorado. He worked hard, loved kids, and enjoyed setting kids up for an adventure of a lifetime.
When he e-mailed and told me about the hospital visits, I was just floored.
I had no idea stuff like this can just come up on you without any warning or symptoms.
So a few of us decided we wanted to come up to Portland and see him for ourselves.
We spent yesterday laughing, playing cards, telling stories, and we even broke out the Risk board game to dominate the world.
It was great being with the fellas.
The Psalmist wrote, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;" (Psalm 133:1-2)
And that's what yesterday was like.
While we were there he had some meetings with the doctors to plan out the future treatments, tried to figure out where they were going to go for the forseeable future, and Randy had his eyes set to beat this thing.
As we were leaving, we prayed, hugged, and said, we'll see you soon. And as we walked off, I just felt the prompting to continue.
Continue to pray.
Continue to lift up my brother in a time of need.
Continue to pray this disease would end.
Continue to champion his cause through the channels I know.
So if you think about it today, lift up my buddy Randy Bister. He's a good one! And he's going to need our prayers going forward.
Love you dude…