Cou­ple’s love and faith keep them strong

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

For ter­mi­nal can­cer pa­tient John Mott and his wife Jan, their 22nd wed­ding an­niver­sary gives him some­thing to live for.

‘‘I set lit­tle goals. A 22nd wed­ding an­niver­sary, Christ­mas and New Years,’’ he said.

‘‘Small goals yet mean so much to us.’’

Jan ad­mits her faith was tem­po­rar­ily shaken when they re­ceived his bowel can­cer di­ag­no­sis six months ago. ‘‘I kind of thought ‘what are you do­ing to me God’ you know?

‘‘But there’s a rea­son for every­thing and, as John said, through this we have not only drawn closer to­gether, but drawn closer to our Chris­tian faith, to our Lord and to our com­mu­nity.’’

The cou­ple, who mar­ried on Novem­ber 20, 1993, said John’s can­cer has deep­ened their re­la­tion­ship. The cou­ple met through grief af­ter los­ing their part­ners, John’s wife of 28 years and Jan’s hus­band of 30 years, to can­cer.

‘‘Our faith, which is very strong, has got us through some very heart­break­ing times re­ally,’’ Jan said. ‘‘Es­pe­cially the last six months,’’ John added.

Jan said the cou­ple are ‘‘stick­lers for devo­tion’’. They try to read their tat­tered bi­ble ev­ery day to­gether. They also try to read a Chris­tian diary ev­ery­day.

The cou­ple take an ice cream and a heart shaped rock and a

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will rock from a river in Is­rael to bed and read their de­vo­tions each night.

Jan said life isn’t about an in­di­vid­ual.

‘‘It’s about giv­ing to oth­ers and that’s how you get through life. I think that’s the same with mar­riage. It’s not about you. It’s about car­ing for the one you are mar­ried to.’’

Even be­fore John’s can­cer their shared faith had been a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence. It in­spired them to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity gar­den on Pe­ria Rd and they used to sing at rest homes as The Sun­shin­ers, along with Lyn­ley McKin­ley. Jan still sings at rest homes and sells lol­lies to Coun­try Lodge res­i­dents.

By bless­ing oth­ers with ser­vice they feel they have ben­e­fited even more.

‘‘The love I have felt from to­tal strangers in this town. Jan will walk down the street and get cud­dles,’’ John said, over­come with tears.

The cou­ple plan to go to the movies in Cam­bridge to cel­e­brate their an­niver­sary.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

John and Jan Mott with their bi­ble, heart rock and a rock from an Is­rael river that may have been used to slay Go­liath which helps them both.

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