IN OCTOBER 2010 I was experiencing some indigestion. By midweek I was in my doctor’s office. She immediately scheduled an ultrasound for the next day. I went from ultrasound to CT scan before I left. I was later diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.
The next week I sat in the office of a specialist at a major cancer center who said hastily, “Let’s get this thing out so you can move on with your life.” He suggested a date for surgery three weeks later. I was stunned. Things were happening so rapidly. I knew I had to walk the labyrinth to get centered in prayer. One of the words I heard was remember. …
The decision is less to cling to life than to cling to the Lord of life. I remembered God as “dwelling place” [Psalm 90], my refuge and strength. Over my lifetime God has brought healing into my life and the lives of those I love. I remembered and gained peace. I remembered that God had been shaping me all along. I could trust the Lord of life. I did not know the specialist who would perform my surgery, but I knew the Healer who had been our family’s dwelling place for many generations.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Help us remember that you have formed us and that you are with us, especially when we feel overwhelmed and bewildered. Amen.
– Disciplines 2011
From “Focus on Formation,” readings for October 17–23, 2011 by Juanita Campbell Rasmus, in The Upper Room Disciplines 2011: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
Luke 9:29, NRSV
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