Cancer Sucks

Psalm 141:8: “But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge, do not give me over to death.”
Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 41:3: “The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.”

Promises. Hang on to them. You get that dreaded message. Cancer is back. One of my best girlfriends overcame breast cancer 15 years ago. It’s back. Another friend conquered throat cancer last year only to hear this week that cancer has filled his chest and the medical team recommends palliative care; it’s just a matter of time.

I turn to the Psalms to find comfort. The potential of losing friends to this terrible disease is overwhelming. The one that spoke to me on the deepest level was from the 23rd Psalm – “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The vision of my Shepherd using his rod to lovingly pull us to safety when we are upside down or laying on our side ready to fall off the cliff gives us courage to face whatever is in store. A sheep cannot upright itself when laying down with all four legs in the air – it needs the sheep herder to use its rod to reach out and lovingly lift it to an upright position. The sheep cannot do it alone.

That’s how I feel. We cannot do it alone. But I know that my loving Shepherd is there watching us each and every day to bring us back to my upright position. Potential job losses, illness, injuries – fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) – rear their ugly head to steer us back to centerline. I will place my trust in my loving Shepherd. His love will sustain and nurture all those who are in need. His plan is perfect. I cannot argue with that and I find comfort in these Promises.

Dear God,
I pray for Jane and Doug and for all those in need of your shepherding rod. Upright us all and give us wisdom, strength, courage, discernment and peace. You have the power to heal us. Bring it on! Amen.

Carole Schumacher

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