~ Lamentations 3:25-26 ~
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. ”
We have two members in our Life Group who are still suffering from cancer. Our group has been stricken with cancer one by one. It started in 2018 when the first one in our group was diagnosed with lung cancer when he felt a lump on his back, in 2019 the other one (a cardiologist) was diagnosed with kidney cancer, in 2020 March I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same year in May, my best friend of 22 years collapsed one day on the floor and was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had surgery on the same month.
We are thirteen in our group, the largest Life Group in our church from the time it was formed in 2014. We shared a lot of ministries, activities, and personal testimonies throughout the seven years. We take care of one another in prayer and inspired each other in our spiritual growth.
When one by one we began to be stricken with the deadly disease, one lady from our group asked, “what is happening to our group?” No one can comprehend “why us?” I must admit, in solitude, I struggled with the same question. And despite the fact we strived with that question and found ourselves in disbelief, we continued with our walk-in Christ and persevered.
During the pandemic last year, we decided to continue to meet every Friday night via Zoom to praise God, to pray for one another and we kept vigilant. In despair, we found the opportunity to praise God.
We continue to meet weekly to share stories of our medical treatments and update one another on our MRI, CT scans, and blood test results. We share Worship music from our favorite Christian Artists from YouTube, share jokes, share our family struggles – our highs and lows. Our Friday Zoom evenings gave us strength and hope. This became our life together.
This year two of us were given the good news of being “cancer-free” and the other two are still undergoing treatment but are stable. Every day we pray that God will continue to perform His miracles on our two brothers in Christ to restore their health and to extend their lives just as He added fifteen years in Hezekiah’s life (2Kings 20:1-6).
I believe in God’s miracles. I believe in His mercy and love. I believe that He is the healer of all healers. I also believe that even we if lose our life in this world if we have Him and believe that Christ is our Savior that we will celebrate everlasting life with Him one day.
Hope is anticipating that something good will happen. Faith is believing that we already have the “Grace” in our life even if it seems impossible.
© fm1 6.11.21
“Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessing of life. Encourage us oh Lord so that we may always find the strength to endure in times of adversity. May we always use the challenges that come our way as our opportunity to praise and give you thanks for the many blessings you provide us. Even when we find it difficult to understand why unpleasant things happen in our lives, please help us to cope and remain faithful to thee. To learn how to wait on you. Just as your beloved son Jesus carried the cross of our sins, please help our simple minds recognize that amid the storm, you are here with us carrying us through. Thank you, Father God, and in Jesus’s name I pray – Amen.”