Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Jame 1:2-4
Today is an anniversary of sorts. Six years ago today we learned that Dianne had cancer. A few days after that we would learn it had already spread through her lymph system to her bones.
God has kindly helped us during these years. Because of the nature of her cancer her oncologist has told us, “you’ll die with it; my job is to make sure you don’t die of it.”
Statements like that tend to make one a little more serious about life. Serious, but also more aware of God’s daily help, and our constant need for his grace and mercy. And that makes even cancer something that God uses to bring him glory and to increase our joy in him.
Cancer is a horrible disease. I look forward to the day it will be conquered for eternity.
But until that day, I am grateful for promises, anchored in the perfect life, obedience, death and resurrection of Jesus.
And I’m grateful that for now God has spared Dianne’s life. She is a constant encouragement to me, and I gather to others as well.
So thank you for indulging me as I replay this video from earlier this year. And please join me in thanking God for this remarkable woman!