I glimpse life’s wonder when I set aside distractions, seeking what’s beneath the brittle surface of my days. Cancer frees me to let others run the world while I consider patterns of faithfulness in small things: birds, herbs, ferns. They teach me to trust the big stuff to their Maker, and mine. Somebody said when you see a cardinal, angels are near.
Big Sis: God’s hand works in wonderful, mysterious ways. Angels indeed.
Cardinals, swooping low to gather seed. Are they flashes of nature in flight or the rush of angel wings? Maybe both.
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.
—James 1:17, 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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