I don’t believe have ever written an entire article on the subject of cancer? A year or so ago I wrote about not having cancer. I had made public that I was seeing a cancer specialist who was suspicious that I may have the same type of cancer that my dad died of when was sixty. I reported that he had determined after a number of tests that I did not have cancer. So, that’s the only time I addressed the subject, albeit, ever so briefly.
Cancer not only was the cause of my father’s death but his father’s death. I’ve also had friends, children of friends, church members, classmates, former youth, teachers, neighbors, and other family members die from this disease. AND I have people I know and love that are cancer survivors. Like you, it touches all of us in one or another. Now, let me be quick to say, unless you’ve had it, which I have not, you really can’t fully understand it. And all the people who have it or had it said, AMEN!
It’s been on my heart and mind lately because of several people. A few I know and at least one I admire. I admire former football star, Jim Kelly. He was given an award recently and spoke on his personal battle with cancer. It was powerful! He gave praise to God, family, and friends. He spoke with a slur due to his condition and ongoing battle with the disease. What a warrior! AND what warriors have I seen on Facebook recently! I’ve been inspired by their positive attitude and winning spirit. They are definitely overcomers!
I have even googled articles I had read in the past about What Cancer Cannot Do. They are truly touching! But here are a few thoughts on the subject from my perspective at this point in my life…
MOST cancer patients I have known are very special… I know cancer is no respecter of persons. I get that. But when I consider those in my lifetime that had been directly touched by cancer, they were or are so very much choice people. Job 1:21 comes to mind, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job was human. He had his bad days through his difficulties. But his attitude was absolutely amazing and inspirational because of his walk with God. That’s what I’m talking about… I can only hope I would be or react the same as these special people.
MOST cancer patients’ health challenges bring family and friends closer… Isn’t it amazing how this is usually the case. Haven’t you seen it? There are more communication and concern, which usually deepens relationships. And life is really about relationships. A relationship with Jesus is the most important. Out of that relationship, many others are formed that have significant value. When a tragedy occurs, the body of Christ comes together. Couple this reality with believers that have cancer, look out! God works in mighty ways. So often we read about Jesus working through sickness to develop and deepen relationships.
ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO TOUCH A CANCER PERSON IS TO PRAY FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILY… Why not do so right now?