YOU ARE MORE than your cancer. It is only part of who you are.
As we consider this point, we find comfort in the Scripture passage: Isaiah 61:1. You may recognize this first part – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.” These were the words Jesus read in the synagogue as he began his ministry. As he continued his reading he might have been speaking to cancer patients.
To comfort all who mourn and provide for those who mourn in Zion.
To give them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the LORD to display his splendor. (Isaiah 61:2b-4)
Consider this phrase: “Oaks of Righteousness.” Through this cancer experience we are called to be oaks! Our faith gives us symbols on which to lean. Let your mind rest in the metaphor of an oak tree.
Oak wood is hard, tough, and durable. Two important English legendary figures are associated with the oak – King Arthur, who gathered his knights around an oak round table, and Robin Hood, who lived among the oak trees of Sherwood Forest. These figures embody two sides of oak lore – caring, paternal qualities and the ability to fight ruthlessly when justice demanded it. Both of these qualities can help us in our battle with cancer.
– Judy Gattis Smith
Fear Not: Learning from Your Cancer
From pages 20-21 of Fear Not: Learning from Your Cancer by Judy Gattis Smith. Copyright © 2008 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. “http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thomas Aquinas (January 28).
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