On a spiritual level, I believe God joins forces with us to shed light in dim corners. Friends say they’re more grounded in faith with a clearer sense of selfhood because they’ve endured cancer, and so am I.
Linda, breast cancer survivor: I know it sounds strange, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.
Woman with brain cancer: I’m making peace with cancer by focusing on what it is teaching me.
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
What challenging experiences have enabled you to feel more grounded in faith? Join the conversation.
Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
For this week’s prayer, insert the name of someone facing cancer or other illness.
Loving Heavenly Father,
I place _______ into your loving care, and I pray that you will comfort his/her heart and bring peace and calm as he/she faces pain, worry, and fear. Amen.
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