If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, I doubt you’re rejoicing over the possibilities of what you can learn from suffering. But I hope you are praying and believing that God can touch you. Wherever you are. Right where you are:
*Newly diagnosed and in shock, praying there’s been some mistake.
*Facing surgery, praying the doctor can get it all.
*Undergoing tests, praying for some good news finally.
*Dealing with a recurrence, praying it’s been found soon enough.
*At the end of medical hope, praying for a little more time.
*Holding the hand of a loved one, praying to be strong for them.”
–Lynn Eib in “When God and Cancer Meet”
981. Romans 8:26-28
New Living Translation (NLT)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
The Message (MSG)
26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
I have cried, mourned and grieved,
hoped, prayed, and healed.
I have found strength and true beauty.
I am a survivor.” (Unknown)
— Jim Beaver, Life’s That Way: A Memoir