Author: Rev. Peter Cusick

There are a few things that I have learned to hate.  I hate cancer.  I have buried cancer patients. I have prayed for cancer patients. I have cried with cancer patients. I hate what cancer means. I hate what cancer does. I hate cancer—the sound of it—the look of it.

I don’t have the statistics, I’m sure someone does, but cancer has to affect almost every family unit if you draw the circle large enough to include uncles, cousins, and in-laws.

We spend millions trying to find a cure. We run, we bike, we walk, we give, we read, we —do just about anything—to get victory over cancer. But it keeps on rearing its ugly head.  It keeps snatching little babies, old grandmas and vibrant dads. It continues on its destructive path.  It is relentless.  It just doesn’t give up.  It won’t stop. It maims. It ruins. It destroys.

What do we do? Well, first and foremost we keep praying and seeking a cure!  But what else can we do?  I am reminded of this poem I read at the funeral of a cancer patient:

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.

Author: Dr. Robert L. Lynn

Don’t give up.  Don’t give in. Keep fighting. Keep praying.  Keep calling to a God who does heal.  Keep focused on faith, peace, and eternity!

We will beat cancer—-one way or another.  And that, is something to think about.

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