The "Gift" of Cancer
Never thought a family would say this... but cancer brought them together like nothing else in life. And through their tears, they were thankful. Not for the cancer, but for what it did for them as they faced it in faith!
Gratitude was not their first reaction to the terrible medical news. Nothing shakes you to the core like learning mild symptoms might actually be tied to something significant. And there were many feelings and adjustments along the journey.
But while we don't go looking for suffering, pain, or sorrow so we can somehow think we are more "Christian" or "spiritual" (how twisted is that!)... we DO serve a God who manages the moments of our life from beginning to end and is powerful enough to bring good from the bad.
And when life realigns to give you a very clear picture of what is important (people) and what is not (pride, stubbornness, possessions)... we find the courage to say the things that are important while we have time.
I don't want folks to face cancer... been there with my family, too... but I am grateful for caring professionals who do everything humanly possible to give us quantity and quality of life. But, ultimately, our times are in HIS hands... and it matters that we make the most of every moment. If we speak and act in a way that honors the Lord and expresses HIS love to those WE love... we can say goodbye with peace. And, yes, this can be a gift!