• How has the Bible helped you with your cancer journey?

    Asked by Carol-Charlie on Friday, February 8, 2013

    How has the Bible helped you with your cancer journey?

    I have faith that I am where God wants me to be right this minute. Here on What Next! I have found in times of fear, pain, or just needing guidance, that if I open the Bible randomly -having thought my problem over in my mind... When my eyes hit the page before me it speaks to me. One major example... During the first Gulf War.. I had my middle son over there almost immediately... my other two were in the Army Reserve. I was praying and asking that my son be brought home safely to me. I opened the Bible... The words I read "Woman, your tears will be rewarded. You're sons will be returned to your boarders. I saw the plural sons... My youngest son was activated a month later and when the war ended. My sons were returned to my hugs and happy tears.

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    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Dear Carol,

      God Bless you for this post! God is going to get us all through our trials and tribulations! I plan on focusing on the psalms once I start treatment. I started a new job 4 days after receiving my diagnosis - I questioned God on His timing for about 72 hours. When I got here I knew God gave me this job as a gift! I am finishing my third week and am loving it! On my first day I went to a Monday prayer group -- it was so wonderful!! The focus was on how God's name is your very breath... God is so big that you can't name Him... God is LIFE, BREATH. It focused on breathing deep and breathing in God, goodness, health, love, peace... all good things. Then you exhale fear, illness, doubt, confusing. It is helpful!!

      Take care, friend. XOXO!

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hey Carol, while working an end of life case where the patient was a priest, I remember seeing this framed in his room:
      ...Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2Corinthians 4:16-18).

      I copied it down and never lost sight of those words. Although I am not a cancer patient, I have shared it with many. I think it says it all, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      This is not directly related to the bible, but a story told in the Talmud. i a Roman soldier saw an old man planting a date palm tree. "Silly old Man, it takes decades for date tress to produce fruit, why are you wasting your time" "My forefathers before me planted tress whose shade and fruit I enjoy, I am planting this tree for my grandchildren and great grandchildren."
      The soldier still laughing took a nap under a nearby tree. When he awoke he saw the old man picking dates from the tree he had just planted. "What magic do you have to make a tree grow and bear fruit in a few hours" he asked. The old man replied "this tree was planted by my Grandfather before he died, and we now enjoy dates every year"

      It reminds of the need to pay it forward. And how much progress has been made in treatment of cancer. These advance would not have happened is other cancer patients before me would not have participated in trials, surveys, studies, etc. When ever I am asked to donate blood, DNA, etc for a study I say yes. If they ask me to participate in a Trial and I feel it will help, I say yes.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Faith that this life is not all there is. I especially liked Philippians 1:20-21 during my cancer journey: "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always C h r i s t will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is C h r i s t and to die is gain."

      over 4 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      The timeless wisdom contained within the scriptures are of help even to those who do not believe. Wisdom is wisdom, after all. For those who are suffering deeply, or over an extended period of time, the Book of Job can be comforting and illuminating. One of my favorite New Testament verses is John 16:33 "In this world, you will have tribulation. But, take heart, for I have overcome this world." Very encouraging. However, Saint Paul also wrote, as he was nearing his martyrdom, "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). He preferred the next life to this one. We are all called to live for that same future, but our vision is often clouded by today's problems. Yet, I greatly desire to be free of this failing body and to live in the freedom from illness that we are promised. But, it has been decided that I must remain here for the time being, and so I am called to share the grace of hope that I have been given to me. Along with hope, the grace of faith has allowed me to see that cancer is a blessing and not a curse at all. It has almost completely reset my priorities and made simply waking up each day an experience of thanksgiving. As the Son was not spared suffering for our sake, neither can we expect to avoid suffering - especially since we are members of His Body. Viewed in that light, suffering is redemptive in nature.

      over 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      When handed a cancer diagnosis, we are also handed many uncertainties. The one constant for me has been the Word of God. Well-known scriptures became my lifeline - (paraphrasing) His strength is perfected in my weakness; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me; He promises never to leave me nor forsake me ;And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose; and so many more, including some of the ones listed in these responses. I felt that I had no choice but to cling to these precious truths during treatment and even more so now .... as I transition out of treatment and into survivor mode, I have three close friends that are going through cancer and other major illnesses. I pray that I can be an encourager to those that God has placed in my path.

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Both old and new testament held comfort and challenges. The story of Martha and Mary reminded me to sit at God's feet and listen instead of fussing. jer 29:11 helped "I know the plans I have for you, plans of peace..." and finally Jer 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love. Cancer helped me realize a lot, and Scripture was one way to realize the messages.

      over 4 years ago

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