Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Asking Hard Questions

Recently a very sweet friend sent me this small little book entitled "What Cancer Cannot Do". I haven't even read all the way through it yet, but I wanted to share a little bit of it. I started in to the chapter about "Asking Hard Questions". If I said we have never asked the question "Why" about Alan's cancer, I would be a big fat liar! "Why did my husband have to get cancer", "Why does my husband have to suffer daily", "Why does my husband have to take all of this medicine daily", "Why do my children have to watch their daddy suffer"...SO....., with that said I'm going to quote what I just read in this book....
"There are no easy answers to such "Whys." What is comforting, though, is that God does not forbid us from asking. Job, David, and Jesus himself asked hard questions about suffering, and were not discouraged from doing so. We may even get glimpses of the answer to why we have cancer: Perhaps to give us time and the impetus to restore relationships with family, to shift our priorities in life, to help us appreciate each day, to see health as a gift, to reach out to others in need. But the greatest response to such questions is to turn our eyes away from ourselves and lift them to God."

It's Thanksgiving people....please give thanks for your health, family, friends. Never take anything for granted....we never know what tomorrow will bring.
I hope you all have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for my family and friends, but more than anything, I'm thankful for my God b/c without him, I'd be lost in this cancer journey and just every day life issues.
Much Love,
Melissa

4 comments:

Jill Sullivan said...

And our journey through cancer did all of those things for us and more. As terrible, awful, horrible, and devastating as cancer is, if we allow God to show us, there are positives to be gained from it as well. And sometimes, like you said, those are the very things we need to be most thankful for! Thanks for blessing me this morning with your post. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!!

blsedbx3 said...

You tell my sweet cousin , that I just now learned of his illness. I love him and will be praying for the Lord to do a miracle in his body. We had so much fun when we were little all of us cousins and he was one of my baby ones. The children are beautiful and by what Ive read he has a wonderful wife. You take care of him. Im just sad I wont get to see him anytime soon. But I send all my love and prayers to all of you. Sharon Shelton Gaught.

Sharon Shelton said...

You tell my sweet cousin , that I just now learned of his illness. I love him and will be praying for the Lord to do a miracle in his body. We had so much fun when we were little all of us cousins and he was one of my baby ones. The children are beautiful and by what Ive read he has a wonderful wife. You take care of him. Im just sad I wont get to see him anytime soon. But I send all my love and prayers to all of you. Sharon Shelton Gaught.

Jean said...

I am friends with Jill Sullivan through the experiences we share with our daughters both having had cancer. Our daughter, Jill, developed renal cell cancer when she was 13 years old. We too have had a journey of faith-that's the only way I can describe it. I will keep your family in my prayers that God will uphold you in His loving hands and you will always feel His presence near. Jean Kaluf