Whitworth Theology Department Annual Newsletter 2018
Roger Mohrlang (1978-2016), Professor Emeritus of Theology
It has been quite a challenging year for Dottie and me — not at all one we anticipated or would ever have chosen for ourselves. But in the strange providence of God...
Dottie's strokes in March-April 2017 (for the story, see caringbridge.org/visit/dottiemohrlang) weakened the whole left side of her body, affecting her hearing, eyesight, speech, swallowing, coordination and sense of balance, as well as her short-term memory. She gets around now with a wheelchair and a walker (with assistance), and I love her grit and determination to see improvement. Every day we do laps together, with her walker, in the Whitworth U-Rec, and she exercises diligently at home. Given all she has gone through, her spirit is remarkably resilient. Interestingly, I sense our love for each other has only grown deeper over the past year; we are together all the time now.
However, she wrestles — as I do — with the question of God's purposes in it all, especially in view of the active ministry she had before the strokes. The agonizing questions of the Psalmists speak more personally now to us both. And yet, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28) — and we genuinely look forward to seeing how that works out. In the meantime, day by day, we pray that we will serve him faithfully and well, and become more fully the people he wants us to be.
As you can imagine, life for me has become much busier. My time is divided between caring for Dot and the ongoing work of checking the Nigerian Kamwe Bible translation (perhaps two to three more years to see it completed, God willing) — and there is precious little time for anything else. I awake early in the morning now to find time for the translation.
But we have been blessed beyond words with all the practical help, support, care and love we have received from so many Christian friends — how grateful we are for them, and for the Body of Christ! We could not have survived well without them. And our wonderful children — Mark, pastor of Sanctuary CRC in Seattle, and Becky, art teacher at Northwest University in Kirkland, and their spouses Summer and Jeff — have blessed and cared for us throughout this time.
I miss the teaching, and I miss the warm relationship with students that Whitworth afforded. I also miss my great colleagues. But I've been given a different life now, and I pray that I will live it well.
We love hearing from you, and are very grateful for your prayers for us. Please do keep in touch: My address is still email@example.com.
And for all of us, the most important thing in life is still the Lord Jesus Christ and his work in the world — and the need of the world for the gospel. I very much hope this is the driving passion of your life. Keep reading the New Testament!
(And if you've not yet read my little book on Paul, have a look at Paul: His Life Transforming Theology.)
With my warm greetings in Christ and my prayers for you,