Somewhere along the way I forget that today was to be the day. I realized it about mid-morning when I checked the date. Today was going to be the day for me to tackle my 100 mile bike ride along the Jersey Shore coastline to raise the additional $10,000 we need at CPYU to pay for our server and laptop upgrade. Ironically, it was during my 54 mile 54th birthday bike ride (part of my training to build up for today’s ride) back on July 30 that my biking – at least for the remainder of this year – came to an end.

Even though my ability to complete the 100 mile fundraising ride (I had been hoping for 200 people to donate $50 each, or 50 cents a mile) came to a quick end, there have been some people who still want to see the ride happen, and they have expressed a willingness to ride in my place. Among them, a college friend wants to take a 300 mile plus ride from Pittsburgh to DC and raise money for us. A couple of CPYU friends in the midwest have offered to ride the century in their community. And now, the healthy members of the CPYU staff are offering to complete a team ride that would total 100 miles.

To this point, I’ve been so overwhelmed by time devoted to healing and recovery that I’ve had little time to focus on a response to these generous offers. But looking at the calendar this morning has renewed my desire to see the hundred miles logged even if it’s in a variety of places, by a variety of people, and in a variety of ways. . . without me having to climb back on the bike.

So. . . here’s the deal: in the coming days we’re going to develop a plan. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like but we’ll need a couple of things. 1) We’ll need people anywhere and everywhere who believe in the CPYU mission to ride and raise money. We’ll set aside a day or a period of days within which you can ride. We’ll give you the info you need to recruit sponsors for our cause, and we’ll tell you how they can support you in your quest to help us through their tax-deductible gifts. 2)We’re going to need an army of people to step up and help us make this a success. In other words, we’ll need people who can’t ride to make a donation on behalf of those who do. Again, keep your ears and eyes open as we’ll be getting the info out through all our channels in the coming days.

In the meantime, you can still make a donation towards our server by clicking here. Remember, every little bit helps us to stay connected with you and the thousands upon thousands of people worldwide who depend on CPYU’s information, analysis, ministry, and resources.

Finally, an update on my progress. Let me begin by saying “thanks” for all the prayers on my behalf. They are sustaining us. I’m still having pain, but it’s bearable. I’m walking more in the neighborhood. My follow-up appointment on Monday was a good one. My ability to breath is still hampered a bit by the pain from all the rib fractures, but it’s slowly improving. Physical therapy should be starting soon and I hope to aggressively attack my left shoulder so that I can regain strength, full range of movement, and use of my arm. I’m feeling more and more comfortable in my bones as they heal. I experienced a small disappointment this morning when the trauma doctor informed us that I won’t be able to fly until February 20. While that will certainly hamper my schedule, trains and cars will come into play for some of my travels,and Lisa and I will be able to enjoy doing some driving together. Most of all, I am greatly blessed to be a man who has been adopted by a loving Father who is using this to His glory while teaching me far too many things to recount here, and far more than I’m even aware of. I’m not sure how to describe it, but God is leading me by the hand into some amazing places that I never imagined or knew even existed. It’s been a joy to share this journey with Lisa (a person who eagerly embodies the marriage vows we made over 28 years ago),and I hope to be able to share more of it with others as I process everything that’s happening.

This morning, I was comforted by these words from Psalm 84: “What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.” Those aren’t just words anymore.

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