For those of you who are struggling with sickness, or who can't imagine how you'd manage in such a struggle - or even for those who wonder what makes Christians different - I'd highly encourage you to click on over to Al's blog, where his wife Libbie has done a fine job of sharing both the struggles and the joys that they have experienced through this process.
You can also read my own past reflections on Al, and his cancer. In a nutshell, I think Al and Libbie exemplify what it looks like to suffer as Christians - not pointlessly, not painlessly, but suffering eschatologically, suffering with a purpose and a direction.
As for me, it was sitting in Al's Old Testament History and Theology class where I first really grasped the significance of the indicative and the imperative.
And as for Al, those two are now finally one and the same. Welcome home, brother...