Chemotherapy is over for me, at least for now. Hope is like a small shaft of light on the darkest night of the year. I begin thirty-six radiation sessions in the new year. In a remarkable pair of verses, Psalm 147:3-4 (NIV), God ministers to us with one hand and paints a heavenly tableau with the other: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How do you feel when you consider that the God who knows the stars by name also knows and cares for you? Join the conversation.
Our Lord is great and so strong!
God’s knowledge can’t be grasped!
—Psalm 147:5, CEB
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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