I choose to call it survival. Since I was a little baby boy (well, I was never little), I’ve heard of the dreaded cancer treatment – chemo therapy. It used to be called cobalt treatment, but by whatever it was called, it was scary to me. Still is. As I lay there this past week on Tuesday having three injections at once and going home with another for a forty-six hour constant drip, I wondered what was being absorbed into my body. Bottom line, I’ve survived my first week of chemo. We measured the week by hours, not days. This was a good hour, the last one, not so good. Good couple hours of sleep, bad sleep . . . . Thank you so much for your prayers – so many friends and family, people I don’t even know are praying for me. 100 ministers at a prayer and fasting retreat lifting me to the Lord; 100 churches in India being led in intercessory prayer for me this past week. This week was more than survival, it was success! God has seen me through. So far, so good! We’re going to make it!
Sleep is precious. So many of you have asked me how to pray. Here’s two specific prayer requests, a big one and a little one. First, pray for me each evening about ten o’clock. I need to sleep. I must sleep. Ask the Lord to give me a good night sleep, without getting up six times. That is so important. And now the big request . . . pray for REMISSION by Christmas! Most of you know by now this will take a genuine, supernatural miracle from God for me to be healed. Let’s pray for a miracle by Christmas. Healing, remission by Christmas. Will you lift these two requests for me? Thanks so much!
Well, it happened! Pastor Bob’s Secret Family Recipe has escaped the family. We needed several hundred bottles for the craft shows and personal online orders this month, and I needed help. Called my old friend, Rick Hellermann. Rick is one of the finest men of God I know, from Melrose, and sells new and used cars at Wiese Ford in Sauk Centre. He wears a white hat (not really, but you’ll get a fair deal from Rick!) Anyway, last night Rick helped me with the secret recipe. Cat’s out of the bag! No disclosure statement, just an agreement between friends. Don’t try to weasel it out of him either, his mouth is sealed. Our original agreement was he would buy me a new Ford Flex and I’d give him a lifetime supply of Grillin’ Magic. Oh well . . . Friends are friends forever, if the Lord’s the Lord of them!
Hey, Rick has the best recipe for pheasant . . . . he chunks up the pheasant, flours it with Grillin’ Magic, drops them in oil and they are so good. Maybe go see him, buy a Ford, and get the other details of the recipe . . . . Here’s a couple veggie recipes we use frequently at our house. Asparagus par boiled, covered in butter or olive oil, and what else? Grillin’ Magic. Wrap them tight in foil and put them on your grill, or in your oven broiler pan and wa-la! Veggie goodness. I didn’t get huge eating asparagus, but this one is a good recipe!
Anyway, we’ll get back with you next week. If you’re in the neighborhood of Swanville, MN, stop buy and see Cathy Jo and me tomorrow, 10/1 at the high school gym from 9 to 3. We’d love to see you. Tell me you saw my blog and make my day.
I’m a bit overwhelmed right now . . . head’s in a tither. Since my diagnosis last week of serious pancreatic cancer, my emotions and thoughts have me a bit . . . as I said, overwhelmed. It’s hard to hear Mayo Clinic doctors tell you to go home, enjoy life one day at a time while you can. Well, I tried to enjoy today. Spent three hours learning about chemotherapy and three more getting a port put in my shoulder. Great day! Tomorrow will be another great day – first day of chemo. Well . . . . what can I say! I do choose to enjoy life! I’m saddened by all the sadness around me. This has been hard on family and friends, especially the grandkids. Cathy Jo is trying her best to help me get past some of this, along with what seems like a thousand friends and family. Thank you all for your kind words, your prayers and your encouragement. It means so much to us.
I don’t want to get preachy, but I need to tell you, a person could do a lot worse than we are at this point – leaning back into the arms of Jesus! He’s the only One who can help, anyway. Great doctors and nurses in St. Cloud, Melrose, and yes, even Rochester do their best, but in the end, it’s just me and the Great Physician. So, we are believing for a miracle. My new word is REMISSION BY CHRISTMAS! Well, that’s three words, but you know where I’m going with this. Hey, here’s a little shout out to my awesome daughter and son, Donna and Bob, and their spouses, Josh and Rachelle. They’ve taken so much of the detailed work on their shoulders to help me concentrate on the moment at hand. Awesome kids – all four of them. And they’ve taken over my Grillin’ Magic! This new website is part of their techy creativity. I can’t believe all the calls coming in for three or four bottles . . . just to help me with some the new expenses.
Here’s a quickie recipe for you deer hunters. Take a back strap and cut it in thin 3/8” slices, dip it in egg and butter, then shake it up in a baggie with Grillin’ Magic (what else!) and flour. Fry them up on low heat until they’re tender. Awesome!
One more for the other white meat, pork. Pork roast is made to be seasoned. Marco Polo went all the way to India to bring salt back to Europe. But when you merely season the outside of a pork roast, it flavors only the top layer. Try this. Cut a slit long ways in the top of the roast, about half way through. Put some GM in this long incision (hum . . . I’m thinking surgery!). Then rub some more seasoning on the outside of the roast and let it sit for an hour. Bake it slowly, and keep it moist while you’re baking it. Oh my, good! Let me know how you like it!
Well, I’ll try to get back to you all, my wonderful friends, family, and Grillin’ Magic customers to keep you up to date.
Here's dad giving me strict instructions on how to order GM bottles from the supplier. He's passionate about those lids folks. :-)
Unexpected News - 9/19/2016 It has been quite a week for the Bernard family. Dad has been dealing with some health issues over the past months. After having his gall bladder removed with no improvement on his health, they decided to perform more tests. On September 16th, Dad was diagnosed with Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer. Our family is full of Bible believing Christians who know that God heals and our faith is strong. We also believe that God gave Doctors the incredible insight to be able to treat and combat diseases like cancer that so many people face. This Friday dad will see Drs at Mayo Clinic, where Bob III and I live and pastor a congregation. Our family will be together this week for a little "family reunion". We're excited to be together but wish it were under different circumstances.
We would love your prayers as we forge through the next few weeks and months. We know chemo is ahead and will update as we know more. Grillin' Magic is an important part of Dad's life and legacy. We couldn't think of a better way to honor him than to make some updates and reach out a bit farther to give people a little bit of what Dad's passionate about.
In the past, Grillin' Magic income has gone to missions. Through GM income, Dad has been to India 8 times! He'll continue to share those stories with you. And Dad made it clear that he will still be paying his missions pledges. :-) For now, the Bernard children - Donna & Josh, Bob & Rachelle - have decided to allocate any GM income to help support mom and dad. The expenses that go with extensive cancer treatment are great. Grillin' Magic is one way that we can help support them during this time.
We will know much more about Dad's treatment plan this Friday. We will then begin a caring bridge site for his family and friends to stay updated on how he is doing. We'll link the caring bridge site to this page of the GM website. We'll try to write some encouraging posts and use this Grillin' Magic site as a tool to minister to others while we fight this battle together. Stay connected here to get your Grillin' Magic. When you use it...pray for dad. Pray for us. We know those prayers are powerful.