November 21, 2007

Update on Dr. Cook

We are so pleased to tell you that Dr. Cook is feeling stronger every day. He is working from the President’s Home on campus, which is right next door to the administration building. He is taking naps in the afternoon and then going for a walk. Yesterday, he walked in the DBU three-mile Turkey Trot, and he finished it in one hour and three minutes. This was the 19th annual DBU Turkey Trot, and he has never missed one. This was the first year he had to walk instead of run, but he loved seeing all of the students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Cook was outside and not close to anyone, and he is still needing to avoid shaking hands or being in close proximity to individuals who of course may be carrying a cold virus or infection.

Dr. Cook will be going for outpatient chemotherapy in three weeks. Please keep praying for him to be totally healed. He asked us to tell you thank you for praying for him. He has really been touched by your love and concern. He is asking God for a miracle, and he wants to give God all the glory. Please keep praying for complete restoration, and Dr. Cook has asked that we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. He asked that we close with these words from Psalm 103:1-5. A pastor friend sent these comforting words to him, and Dr. Cook is reading this passage over and over.

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
     all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
     and forget not all his benefits--
who forgives all your sins
     and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
     and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
     so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.