For all the men and women battling cancer, life threatening or long term illness, suffering in silence. let me encourage you, let me speak life to you.
“I love you, Lord! You are my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my place of safety. He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection. He is my shield; by his power I am saved. He is my hiding place high in the hills. I called to the Lord for help, and he saved me from my enemies! He is worthy of my praise! Death had its ropes wrapped around me. A deadly flood was carrying me away. The ropes of the grave wrapped around me. Death set its trap right there in front of me. In my trouble I called to the Lord. Yes, I cried out to my God for help. There in his temple he heard my voice. He heard my cry for help.”Psalms 18:1-6 ERV http://bible.com/406/psa.18.1-6.erv
I think of that Whitney Houston song, I look to you, she says when all my strength is gone, in you I can be strong, I look to you. That’s what we have to do when we come under attack, look to him.
I can’t imagine the terror when the doctor discloses your diagnosis. I can’t imagine the hopelessness or panic when you begin to think of the impact on your body, mind, spirit. The impact on your family, your finances and your job. The impact on your relationships with people. I can’t imagine the helplessness you would feel when you become physically unable to help yourself or how the thought of being let down by the people you need to rely on. People will disappoint you because they are human. The scary thing is any disappointments would seem to be exaggerated because of the severity of what you are going through. I can’t imagine the thoughts running through your mind.
But there is always hope..
“Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time.”Romans 12:12 ERV http://bible.com/406/rom.12.12.erv
“The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.”2nd Corinthians 10 4-5
“Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.””Joshua 1:9 ERVhttp://bible.com/406/jos.1.9.erv
“Lord, tell me, what will happen to me now? Tell me, how long will I live? Let me know how short my life really is.
So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope!”Psalms 39:4, 7 ERVhttp://bible.com/406/psa.39.4,7.erv
My hope is in you Lord.. forever and always.