David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Seasoned with Grace

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This Sunday our pastor preached on Galations 2:15-21, you can read the sermon here

“I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”

That perspective changes how I view suffering. Both Dave and I see our lives as seasoned by grace. Little things along life’s journey that remind us of God’s love for us. We find His mercy ever present. But it might be easy to miss. It is by faith that we see these mercies as coming from him:

On Saturday morning I could not remember the correct dose of chemotherapy tablets that the consultant had told me over the phone. I had to ring the hospital, something I did not want to do. The consultant is a very busy person with a heavy caseload. He had rung at 7:30pm on Friday, most likely several hours after he was off duty. I spoke to the nurse and asked her to pass on my apologies for not taking careful note. The notes, you see had not been typed up on the computer, so the consultant had to be disturbed. I received the reply and an encouragement, that it was OK, I was doing fine in a difficult situation. That felt like God’s grace.

On Saturday night when my I could feel my heart begin to fall toward despair, the Holy Spirit whispers: ” I will never leave you nor forsake you”. And so I take courage.

When I rang the ward on Saturday night to discuss pain management, the doctor who had seen Dave earlier in the week was there, and he was happy to make decisions without us coming into the hospital. That felt like God’s grace.

And this morning when Dave awoke, alive and OK. It felt like God’s grace. Some more time.

I used to be an atheist. I don’t think there is anything I could say to myself back then to prove God’s existence, see this here, that is God at work. After all, back then, I looked at the whole world and saw it as an accident. Now I see intelligent design everywhere. The framework in which we view the world effects how we put all the information together. It affects what we tell ourselves about what is happening or has happened in our lives.

I was reading a book looking  at the story/myth of  the rescue of a Jewish boy from a  concentration camp by some German  communist prisoners. It was later made into a movie. (A rabbit trail from reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas to Jonathan).  With more time this story changed completely. After the unification of Germany, more information was brought to light so that now instead of glorification of the communist prisoners the story condemns them.

Is there more information to come to light that will change what seems a disaster for Dave into something good? If one believes in a physical resurrection at the end of time, where this life is only the introduction chapter to something better, if one believes the apostle Paul, who wrote in  2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” then yes, his story will be transformed.

And so “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”  and if I am wrong, I am to be pitied, for like the East Germans I believe a lie.

1 Corinthians 15: 17f

” And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”


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June 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

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  1. Thank you for sharing with us all this journey of Christian faith. If I was to state what good there is, it’s that there are eight children and one former athiest who will never forget the wonderful example their parents and Dave respectively have been to them. Watch them grow ever more bold in their personal faith and in the personal proclamation of this glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, just by the way they live their lives. Thanks be to God for each and every one of you.

    Chris Kelly

    June 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm

  2. Tarnya, your sharing this evening is so clear and speaks directly to my heart. So often we make sweeping statements about our faith that leave too much room for people to wonder exactly what we are saying. I hear clearly from this evening’s testimony EXACTLY how you are receiving and noticing Grace in your life – in the past and right now, when you so desparately need to see it. How wonderful to know His grace as you together AND individually face this time that could so easily drown your courage and spirit.
    God has not left you as orphans – he has given you his COMFORTER, and because you are His child, you can see the signs of His comfort and grace around you. He will remind you as you need it, that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

    Dave, when your life’s story is read by others, they will see Jesus, and it will bring Him, your Saviour, glory. It will not, I’m sure, be a perfect reflection of Him… none of our lives are. But, praise God, He takes the weak things of this world to shame the strong… and God will make His appeal to many through you, Christ’s ambassador. And your precious kids have ring-side seats to the writing of your life story. What a blessing that is and will be to them.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Chris’s comments above. Beautifully put! 🙂

    My love to you both

    Sharon Josephson

    June 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm

  3. Thnak you Tarnya for sharing the journey that you and Dave are going through. It certainly can not be an easy one. Just want to let you know that we are very grateful for all that you have been to us over a number of years, and that your seemingly indomitable spirit is an inspiration and blessing to us.
    I have been keeping the Wellsford Church of Christ informed of your news and they are reminded to pray for you all. Greetings to the children as well who appear to be acccepting Dave’s condition well. Belated birthday greetings to Sam. I missed my day because we ahad been away. Left Canada the day before and arrived home the day after !!
    May you continue to know God’s grace and blessings as you take one day at a time.


    June 21, 2010 at 7:11 am

  4. This is so true… it is when we are in the most need of God’s grace that we are most able to see it. You are able to give thanks in all circumstances, which is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:17-18)

    Praying for you all


    June 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

  5. Your words are most precious Tarnya, Im so thankful to you for allowing us to read your journey together.
    You are a wonderful lady,a treasure to be sure and Im sure others would agree,a most precious family in his eyes.

    Where there is love
    the heart is light,
    Where there is love
    the day is bright,
    Where there is love
    there is a song
    To help when things go wrong.
    Where there is love
    there is a smile
    To make all things
    seem more worthwhile
    Where there is love
    there’s quiet peace,
    A tranquil place
    where turmoils cease-
    Love changes darkness into light
    and makes the heart
    take wingless flight
    Oh blest are they
    who walk in love
    They also walk with God above-
    And when man walks again
    There shall be peace on earth for men.


    June 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  6. It is apparent that grace is touching you and Dave at the moment. Your journey through the last year with such courage and love can’t help but leave traces.

    (And Dave, I have never seen a man in a beanie look so beautiful. It can’t all be the headgear…)

    During this time, through your ups and downs, you have given us all the gift of your sharing, honesty and humour. Please remember to take some of this precious time for yourselves and your family.

    May the days continue to bring you grace and love.

    Our thoughts and love are with you all.

    Paula & Paul

    June 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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