WHEN I LOST MY HAIR, my grandchildren called me a bald eagle. Here I am with no hair, no breasts, and wear a sleep mask at night. Now aren’t I sexy and classy? With my brain surgery, the scar resembled the letter “S” so I told people that i had my initial tattooed in my head. One Sunday in church our pastor didn’t recognize me with my wig on, so I said, “Jim, it’s me,” and popped the wig off. He said he deserved that and that nothing I did surprised him.
Shelva used humor to cope with her symptoms. In the face of sickness, laughter can sometimes be just the medicine needed.
Lifeline No. 11
Find what is light and funny in you and record your laughter to hear again and again and again and again.
- Judy Gattis Smith
Fear Not: Learning From Your Cancer
From page 66 of Fear Not: Learning from Your Cancer by Judy Gattis Smith. Copyright © 2008 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Do you know someone who is suffering from a chronic disease? Pray for him or her. Share your thoughts.
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
Psalm 30:11-12, NRSV
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This week we remember
Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (April 9).
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