Recent Thoughts on Death & Cancer

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RIP Shannon

In the past several weeks, I have watched family members and close friends lose people they love due to cancer. My daughter’s fiance lost his battle with leukemia on July 17; several days later my husband’s sister-in-law’s father died from cancer, and then our neighbor’s sister died last night at 10:00. I am perplexed at the viciousness of this evil disease and even more perplexed at the less than desirable healing rate.

Our church family was faithful to pray and there was one they even laid hands on and asked for healing in Jesus’ name. Some will ridicule and say that God did not answer our prayers, but I choose to believe God granted the ultimate healing – as they claimed to know Him as Savior, they are now healed completely in mind, body, soul, & spirit.

I will admit I’m in  a deep contemplative mode right now – watching my loved ones and friends as they struggle through their emotions – fighting to remain strong – yet falling apart at the same time. There are no words of wisdom or comfort. Sometimes – just “being” is all that can be done. For now, I am finding comfort in Psalm 91 and I post it here for those who wish to meditate on its words.

1 He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

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