Cancer Thoughts

So after I wrote that completely frivolous post about crayons, I hopped onto several blogs of friends, just to catch up.

I visited this blog, which happens to be of a guy that is close, close friends with our dear cousins Jeff and Cleary. He has been battling cancer and just today, he was pronounced in remission. Praise God! Amazing news. Miraculous healing. His wife and young children are no doubt shouting from the mountains.

And then, the very next blog I checked was that of someone I've never met, but happened upon her family blog through my friend Amy, whom I've also never met. {Jack works with Amy from time-to-time and discovered she blogged, so we connected that way.} In one of Amy's entries in December she shared how she has this amazing cousin, Kristin, whose husband Ray began his battle with cancer the end of May - just eight months ago. So, I clicked over to her blog and have been faithfully checking it since then, following Ray's journey with cancer.

Several things have made a significant impression on me, observing them as they've walked through this battle. They always include Scripture verses with each post, claiming who God is and His attributes of love and faithfulness, etc. And they also signed each post this way: not alone and not afraid --kristin and ray. I always found that very moving - that through this journey they were clinging to God and they were not fearful of this beast called cancer.

Today the post had Scripture verses. But there was a different signature - not alone and not afraid -- kristin. Kristin and her young girls had to say goodbye to Ray, for he is now in Heaven. And while he is completely cancer free and no longer vomiting and uncomfortable and on chemo ... those he left behind are experiencing a profound loss and a deep, deep ache for the void in their earthly lives.

This breaks my heart. Cancer is such an ugly monster. I hate it. Today it robbed three little sweet girls of their daddy. And a beautiful woman of her husband. I wept and wept.

On Tuesday, two days ago, these were the verses Kristin and Ray used on their post:

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at the break of day. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1-7 ... not alone and not afraid --kristin and ray

And I am confident that Kristin will run to her GOD for strength in this very dark valley of death. The Lord Almighty is with her. Tonight. Tomorrow. Next week. Until she meets up with him in Heaven some day.


amywb said…
Thank you, Alysa, for saying it so beautifully.
Jacky Correll said…
Psalm 46 was your grandma's favorite passage frm the Bible. It brought her a lot of comfort and strength.
Anonymous said…
a monster indeed. i ache for them and i dont even know them. my angel blessings to them all...

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