Recently my oncologist ask if I would add my experience to the ‘Patient Stories” on his website. I agreed, and began by looking at the stories already included there. I was amazed that out of 27 accounts only one had any mention of prayer or God or anything beyond this life. In 1 Corinthians 15:19 Paul tells believers that if our hope is only in this life we are of all people most miserable. This truth can be applied to cancer patients whether they are Christians or not. It is hard to be positive when you no you may very well lose everything you hope for. This of course is true for everyone, whether you have cancer or not. In Colossians 4:5 Paul speaks of the hope stored up for us beyond this life. Look with me at the context of this verse in Colossians 1:3-6

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God.

Our hope is stored in heaven for us. Our great treasure, our ultimate rewards are waiting for us in heaven. It is there that we will enjoy the embrace of our Lord, and hear him say, “Well done.”

The gospel gives our lives purpose, meaning, and hope beyond this life. and it will bear fruit in our lives and in the lives of others to the last breath that we take. If this is true, we do not need to escape our trials. God will give them meaning to the last moment we live on this earth.











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  • David, I still remember our Pastor's face the last time I saw him. He was dying of cancer. He was radiant and glowing with heavenly joy! It was amazing. He was so excited that he was going to see Jesus and his Heavenly Father, and meet Moses and Elijah and Daniel and Isaiah and Jeremiah and Paul and Peter and John and the disciples.. he was so looking forward to that! I've never seen anything like that in my life. May the joy of the Lord give you strength too, David. He is with you and your family every step of the way. You are more than a conqueror with Him. Rom 8. Praying for you.

  • Thank you, Dave!  I recently lost a very close friend to prostate cancer.  I rejoice that he knew Jesus even though I miss him terribly.  Our last visit with him was full of memories, joy, and happiness - tinged, of course, with sorrow, but infused with hope.  I have no idea how one faces death without that hope.

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