Thinking Out Loud

October 1, 2011

Personal Note: Thanks for Your Prayers

Filed under: personal — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 12:29 pm

I just wanted to add a short note here to thank those of you who were praying, for your prayers and encouragement.  The medical test results were good. 

However, it could have gone either way, I suppose, and I wondered if today I would be writing an entirely different blog post.  I had already determined that if I was writing something different, I would enclose the short text which follows.  I realize most of you are familiar with this, but there may be someone reading this for the first time, so I’m going ahead with it anyway, because there may be someone here right now who needs this…

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.

Here is another version which is actually the text of a plaque which intersperses scripture between lines of the text…

Cancer is so limited.
Yet in all these things

It cannot cripple love, it cannot alter hope.
We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

It cannot corrode faith, it cannot destroy peace,
For I am persuaded that neither death, or life…

It cannot kill friendship, it cannot suppress memories,
Nor principalities nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, depth,

It cannot silence courage, it cannot invade the soul.
Nor any created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,

It cannot steal eternal life, it cannot conquer the spirit.
Which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39.

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  1. I once thought I might have breast cancer. I did not. But for those two weeks between testings, I took stock. It was good for me to face my fragility because it changed my life-view ever after.

    I am happy for you and your family that your own results, like mine, were negative. Your race was not done and so you , once again, “press toward the mark”. I am pretty sure that the uncertainty colored your prayers and your conversations to some degree and will now serve a purpose in your ministry to come.

    “All things work together….”

    Comment by Cynthia — October 1, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    • Absolutely.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 1, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

  2. Good news indeed – but that doesn’t mean you are off the prayer list. You are in the front line of the battle and still need our prayers.

    I have seen the above before, but the second version is new and I love it.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — October 3, 2011 @ 4:51 am

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