There are many cool things about this…
Sorry if I’m in a particularly somber – though reflective – mood tonight…
I’m thinking of Jesus’ words: an enemy has done this.
So, seems there’s an enemy about – distorting God’s actual intentions. (Yet God restrains Himself from full revelation… I often wonder – why?) And what better personification for that enemy (BTW, works for Satan as idea/concept as well as it does Satan as real entity…) than this horrid thing we call “cancer”. Took my dad – and way too soon.
But I hope we note carefully how impulsively, and insistently, we place God on the side not of cancer, but of wholeness, and health, and fullness of life.
And, believing that, we scrap and fight and contest every inch of ground with this “enemy”. Make no mistake – and none that I know, believer or agnostic, actually make this mistake — when we battle this beast called cancer, and we exult in our small triumphs, (small, because we all sort know that we all die this “first death” eventually… Even Lazarus did…) we do battle as if for God Himself! (I really believe that…)
Except not just we Christians battle lifes trials this way; trials like cancer. All of our race are engrossed in this struggle. The very struggle that Tom bravely embraces with his wife.
So Tom; we are with you as you nurse your wife, and as you live a life which confidently names your oppressor (cancer) for what it is; foreign, stranger, not of God.
(God I sure hope you all don’t mind me taking aloud like this; I see this stuff EVERY single day in my work. And man do I need courage, and focus, and resolve. I will be DAMNED if, when I care for one in this sort of need and struggle, if I do not embody the healing ethos of our Christ.)
Blessings untold and enormous to you Tom!