Thursday, July 13, 2006

Can anyone be thankful for cancer?

This is a very difficult topic, but Jackie's family is dealing with the devastating disease directly.... and beautifully. Did I say beautifully? Love is beautiful, but love has a price, thankfully Jesus paid that price and now we all can face death with confidence, pain with confidence, separation with confidence.

One thing I have observed this week in Wakarusa is that by loving people her entire life, Ruby is now surrounded by loving people.

A transformation has taken place in Ruby this week. Throughout her life, she has ministered to people via cards, notes, prayers, phonecalls, verses, songs, Guidepost clippings, cookies, pies, meals, random newspaper articles, books, photographs, gifts, service, service, and service.

This last week, her family and loved ones needed courage. God has allowed her to exude courage when she directs us to get tissues for each other and ignores the occasion tear in her eye. She can't make us a pie, or even underline a verse in a card, but she has taken care of her family when she is at her weakest moment.

I am reminded of this chapter that I have altered. Originally, it was from Paul to the Philipians, but it is appropriate verse to describe the family that I love and the saint that has been at its core.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2 comments:

Magnanimity said...

Hubby and I were wondering what relation you were discussing? Are prayer are with the family.

Kevin Eby said...

I'm sorry for being so vague. It was unintentional. Jackie's mother Ruby is fighting cancer right now.

Her positive attitude and reliance on the Lord is inspirational.