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March 2015 Pastor's letter
Dear Fellow Redeemed in Jesus Christ:
A Bible passage I often turn to in trying to comfort those struggling with grief is 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001).
In the middle of December my wife, Mary, had surgery to remove cancer. I remember being shocked and stunned that Mary had cancer. I had been shocked and stunned in May of 1986 when I found out my father had cancer. When a lot of people hear the dreaded word, “cancer,” they often think the worst rather than the best. My father’s cancer took his life at the age of 43, when I was 23 and studying to be a Lutheran pastor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was able to be home a few days before my father died after six months of radiation and chemotherapy. I spent the summer of 1986 with my father and mother and brother and sister and I saw what cancer treatments can do to a person. God called my father to his heavenly home on November 7, 1986.
Mary and I prayed for God’s help in dealing with her cancer. Her cancer doctor in Sioux Falls assured us that he could remove the cancer with surgery and that she would not need to have radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Our prayers and the prayers of members of both congregations I serve, as well as family and friends, were given a “yes” answer. Mary was able to leave the hospital in Sioux Falls the next day after her surgery. She has been doing well ever since. I have learned again how important the prayers of fellow Christians are and I thank all of you for your comfort and prayers and cards and meals. God is a great God of all comfort. God is able to use some of the bad things of life, like cancer, to bring us good things, like His comfort and strengthened faith in Jesus.

In Jesus Christ’s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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