It is world cancer day. I won’t post one of those candle memes because there are plenty of those today.
What I WILL post is this:
Since walking through a cancer diagnosis, surgery, and radiation with my precious husband a year and a half ago, I know this: cancer changes people.
It changes lives.
It is a quiet evil that screams threats and fear and destruction.
It is a monolith of a word that takes your world and turns it upside down and the only things bigger than cancer when you’re walking with cancer…
are faith, hope and love.
And the greatest of these is love.
Yes, we can greet them with a smile.
Definitely greet them with a smile.
And a hug. And flowers. A meal or two. A letter now and then.
We can pray without ceasing
And we can give them a hand to hold.
Their faith may be bigger than cancer, but even with faith there are scary moments with cancer…
but the greatest of these is love…
and believe me, when love creeps into those middle-of-the-night moments and someone with cancer feels arms wrapped around him tight…
and she feels valued as a person and loved for who she is…
and seen for his beautiful strength and not for his disease…
there ain’t NO disease that can destroy that.
Cancer changed our lives and because it did, I carry a list of treasured names in my heart. Warriors every one. Some are gone but some fight on.
Will you add my list to yours and show them faith today?
Will you share your hope?
Will you pray without ceasing? For them, for their loved ones?
But most of all, will you give them love?
Until we find a cure…
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8