March 13, 2014

The Last Spike

That was the title of a book written by author and Canadian historian Pierre Berton. It was the last in a series of books written about the building of the Canadian National Railway. There was a grand ceremony when the last spike was hammered in, and I believe that this spike was made of solid gold. What an amazing construction project!

I have often used the metaphor of a tent to describe the 'deconstruction' that is taking place in my body due to the impact of ALS. The tent is slowly coming down, rope by rope and tent pegs being pulled up. The last peg in the ALS road is likely the ability to breathe. I already feel that my breathing muscles are getting weaker and at times I struggle to get a breath.

When spikes are going in, construction is happening, when tent pegs are pulled, then deconstruction is taking place. The only exception to that was when Jesus was spiked to the cross. This act was the final spike into the heart of Satan's kingdom and the completion of salvation of all the people of God. 'It is finished' was the cry of Jesus from the cross. His mission was accomplished. Thank you dear Jesus for taking the last spike that should have been mine.



  1. Amen. Jack & Lena, we pray for you guys and your family everyday.

  2. It's so inspiring to read. Many thoughts came into my mind and even in heart. Some thoughts were about how are you with much peace see your tent loosing its ropes. And how joyfully you are able to thank Jesus. Love you my brother. -

  3. Absolutely beautiful!!
    So encouraging!!
    May the Lord continue to hold you and care for you and your family!

  4. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;Who comforteth you in all your tribulation, that you may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith you yourselve are comforted of God.For as the sufferings of Christ abound in you, so your consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 2 Cor.1:3-5 Thanks brother in Christ for this words! Praying for you and your family For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.!

  5. Dear Jack and Lena, At the risk of re-quoting a text we quoted recently, but in light of what you wrote today, the thought is so precious in Scripture (we know this by experience) - that even when you are struggling to take a breath - UNDERNEATH you are the Everlasting Arms - holding you. Deut 33:26,27a
    The mental picture of that happening is so precious. Blessings and praying for you, John and Jen and Family