Living in such a profoundly rural place, Daniel and I spent a fair amount of time in the car while traveling from time to time. We would often listen to the radio. Mark Hall is the lead singer to a Contemporary Christian music group called Casting Crowns. I can remember listening to a lot of their music with Daniel. The group has a varied series of consistently good works.
This week Mark and his family learned that he has a solid tumor on one of his kidneys which is 90% likely to be cancer. The plan is that Mark will have this kidney removed as soon as possible, and that the pathology examination of the tumor will give doctors the information they need to plot a course through the rest of his treatment.
Please join our family in prayers for Mark, his family, and the group. May Mark come through the surgery and recovery safely. May his treatment which follows be speedy and effective. May he and the group return to bringing all of us inspiring and heartening music through all the trials of life for which they have been present for us. Amen.
Please send your own prayers for Mark and his family. Just a few of the songs which have been the backdrop of all our lives include:
The Voice of Truth
If We Are the Body
Who Am I Does Anybody Hear Her?
Praise You In The Storm
East to West
Until the Whole World Hears
Of course, since Daniel was called home to God in 2008, he was not here to tell us what his favorite Casting Crowns songs would have been after 2008, however while he was here, this was his favorite Casting Crowns song.:
Link to more complete listing of Casting Crowns songs
Update: Mark came through the initial surgery exactly as expected, and is taking time to recover before starting the next phase of treatment. His wife Melanie has indicated that he and his family are very humbled and grateful for the prayers and the outpouring of concern for him.