The other day Rev. Dennis Hughes, former Stated Clerk and former Pastor of Northminster (Newport, Kent, Magnolia) Presbyterian Church, called to inform the presbytery that he has stage four pancreatic cancer.
As some of you know, Dennis has successfully battled bladder cancer for many years, but recently after many mysterious physical symptoms (rapid weight loss and debilitating back pain) an x-ray revealed a metastasized cancerous growth on his pancreas. Dennis has informed me that he is choosing quality of life over quantity for the next six months, or for however long our Lord gives.
Dennis has been a generous, loving, and faithful witness to Christ in his ministry and a wonderful colleague in Seattle Presbytery and the larger church, so it is no surprise that even in the light of this news, he would assure us that he is not afraid to die. The morning after his diagnosis, Dennis was comforted by the words of Julian of Norwich who in the midst of a life threatening illness reportedly saw the Lord at the foot of her bed saying: "If I could love thee more, I would love thee more."
Dennis will not be at our presbytery meeting tomorrow, but please join me in praying for Dennis, Anne, and his family, and if you would like to reach out to Dennis personally, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace be with you,
Prayers of the People