Hi, this is Joni Eareckson Tada and I want you to know that I’m deeply touched when you “like” my messages or share them with your Facebook friends; I’m honored by your encouragement. Honestly, truly. But I cannot focus on accolades or how many followers I have or how many “thumbs up” a post received or how many people liked it or shared it.
No, every day, I just… want to… finish… well. I say, “Oh, Jesus, keep me from shaming your name by grabbing the focus off you and trying to put it on myself. Keep me from grumbling against your providence. Help me to bear my cross with a lowly, obedient spirit. Help me to reach the finish line in one piece, exuberantly joyful, all the while panting and heaving, ‘Help me, Lord!'”
Don’t we all want to just finish well. Don’t we all just want to collapse at the feet of Jesus, grab his ankles, kiss his feet, leaned back on our haunches, raise our hands and, in tears, whisper, “Thank you Jesus.” That will be finishing well. And I invite you to join me in that journey.
When her husband Dave was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 55, Susan’s life went into disarray and caregiving became consuming for her. Following Dave’s passing in 2019, Susan founded her ministry to caregivers, providing a path from surviving to thriving in Christ.