Last Sunday we celebrated LWML Sunday and recognized the many things that our ladies have done to serve the Lord – quilts, school packs, shawl ministry, baby items, health kits, holiday gifts for Seafarers through the Seafarer Center in Tacoma, homeless outreach … the list is endless, and the selfless sharing of God’s gifts is amazingly wonderful.
Another awareness sharing today is one that is not always wrapped in joy and good, but is nonetheless having a huge impact on the lives of many of you seated in worship with us: the awareness of cancer and the impact it has had on many of us. Today is also St. Luke the Healer and Evangelist Day when we share a prayer for those who are needing His strength and healing.
Last Wednesday, at Tea and Chat, we were blessed to have Mary DeMers, Hospice Nurse from MultiCare, share beautiful stories about a difficult time in many lives, end of life journeys.
Cancer is a disease that tries very hard to rob us of our health and hope in life itself, it fractures families, and robs us of so much emotionally, as well as physically. Many who have not experienced it are at a loss as to how to react when they hear of a family member or friend dealing with cancer. Those who are diagnosed with the disease run the gauntlet of emotional feelings.
Most of all, though, I want to share HOPE. I know from experience that God places people and professionals in our path when we need them the most. Many cancer outcomes are not happy. Many lives are shortened here on earth, but one song lingers in my “hope” chest, It only takes a spark…
I call hope my “pilot light” and it is lit by God at the moment of conception and is with me until my soul is called home. For ourselves and for those we know who are experiencing cancer, let’s all keep that light burning.
If you know someone who could use some hope and prayer on their journey, please let me know.
I encourage you to read through the beautiful words of another hymn #575, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” in our hymnal. Look at the scripture references at the bottom of the page and use them for your hope in the issues you face daily. Our God is our hope and our anchor! Turn to Him!
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace firstname.lastname@example.org