Recognition of Healing

This is the third part in a series that began with “God’s Abundance or My Scarcity” and continues with “To Trust or Worry.” Thank you for joining during this busy time of year!

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I sat with two long-time friends in the surgical waiting room earlier this week as a third friend underwent surgery to remove a cancerous kidney. She’d just lost her husband about two months ago, and the worry on her son’s face reflected his fear that mom might be next, all too soon. As I sat, my mind and emotions occasionally drifted to another cancer surgery about eleven years ago that didn’t end well, and I prayed for her restoration.

The three of us women chatted quietly, enjoying one another’s company. Every once in a while one of us looked over at Mike, and then at the clock as time ticked hour past hour, concern etching more than his face. Finally the surgeon arrived and gratefully reported  her cancer seemed contained and she’d taken the surgery well. Mike’s countenance brightened, and our hearts lightened.

I told my friend I’d greet her after surgery, so after my companions left, Mike and I began to converse softly, moving time more quickly from recovery to a welcome glance at her face.

Finally we heard, “You can go see your mom. Her room is on the sixth floor.” The sixth floor…where I met my husband’s co-workers as they shared with me fond memories of years working with him. The sixth floor…where I waited to hear Norman’s last breath. The sixth floor…where I nestled next to Norman for the last time. I hated the sixth floor. Yet, that was where my friend waited for me.

As I stepped off the elevator, sadness seeped into my soul as I turned and faced the well-known small suite to the left of the elevator and across the hall. I stood in the middle of the hallway and stared into the room. My eyes immediately noted a man bent over, familiar lines etching his face as he sat quietly in that chair, leaning his weary head on one arm. The otherwise dimmed room was lit by only one lamp casting a spotlight on his bent forehead. I remembered. And inside I wept once more.

Only this time the sadness didn’t overwhelm, and I realized the healing God has performed over time. It’s too easy to assume healing does eventually occur. Yet, my healing has been long delayed. Only a couple of years ago, during visit to the sixth floor, I needed to leave after about 45 minutes, too overwhelmed with emotion to stay.

Only a year ago, the thought of visiting a friend with cancer was more than I could bear.

I don’t take God’s abundant gift of healing lightly. I’m very grateful. And today, I learned my friend’s stage one cancer was contained and so she’ll need no chemo. And I thank God.

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As I faced my friend’s cancer surgery this week, I also remembered past Christmases filled with pain as I wondered what the next year would bring. If this is one of those Christmases for you, I’m so sorry.

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May I also pray for you? 

Lord, we so long for this time of year to be carefree and beautiful. We long to hear the angels sing of a newborn king. We long to feel the warmth of making family memories. We long for our stories to replicate Hallmark. But life isn’t that way. For most of us. Yet, each of us are too afraid to speak out from the depths of our sorrows for fear we’ll upset someone else’s Merry Christmas. May this place, this moment, feel safe for others to grieve their pain.

Help us Lord Jesus to remember that your first Christmas was full of labor pains, rejected families, and outcast shepherds. Click To Tweet May we remember you came for such as us. And today let us embrace your abundance, in the middle of our cancer surgeries, and memories that make us sick inside, and the worries that news may not be so good. Jesus, help us remember that you are 'Emmanuel' God with us. You do care. And if we invite you in, we don't have to face this season, or any season alone. Click To Tweet

Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

…His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 (NASB)

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (NLT)

With tender love,

Robin <3

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  1. This is good to hear. I am in the new journey of widowhood. I hate it . I miss him so much.12 Days of Christmas Widow Style

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me his heart. He gave it with all the past scars. I tried to heal my love for him. He gave me his whole heart with a promise for me to never break it.

    On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me his whole life The good the bad, and ugly. He gave it all. He devoted his life to making happy and the best marriage ever.

    On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me laughter. I never met any one that made me laugh like my husband did. Even on my worse days, he made me laugh.

    On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me self-worth. He taught me piece by piece what I’m worthy of.He always treasured and adored me.

    On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a ring. A ring to symbolize our love to each other. With a ring I became his forever bride and his one true love. He was the best husband ever.

    On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave me family. He taught me about family by giving me a real family
    a lesson I’ll never forget.

    On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me patience. My husband had The patience of Job and he taught me to be more patient. A lesson I’m still working on.

    On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to the gift of giving. There was never a man more giving than my husband and he taught me the core value of giving

    On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me two sons He shared them with me and for that. I am forever grateful.

    On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me strength. He taught me I was stronger than I realized and I had fight with in me.

    On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me forgiveness, mercy, and grace I’m forever grateful for his ability to forgive and give second chances.

    On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a sad until I see you again.
    My true love now awaits me in heaven and I will cling to God’s promise that I will see him again. I will treasure all the gifts my love gave me and so much more until I see him again.
    I love you Brian. Thank you for all you’ve done in your life I’m me because of you


    1. Nanette, your tribute for Brian is beautiful, and he sounds like he was a wonderful man. I’m so very sorry. I don’t know if you have anyone to talk with, but if you want someone to talk to, I’d be glad to listen. I remember how hard this time was for me. I’ll be praying. If it would help, please keep in touch. You can email me privately in the comment section below the post. May I pray for you right now? Lord, please comfort Nanette’s heart. Give her hope that grief won’t eat her alive. Give her strength during the long days and rest during long nights. Give her words to comfort their sons, and give her your light to make her path straight. Give her wisdom for the many new pieces of life, and new decisions that must eventually be made. Help her to face each day only as it comes. Surround her with your people so she won’t have to do life alone. Comfort and give peace that is beyond her understanding. Fill her with you–the only One who can do even more than I ask. In Jesus’ name, amen. I’ll be praying for you. Again, I’m so sorry.

    2. Nanette, I just reread your note, and was wondering how you are doing. and let me pray for you. Lord, please continue to strengthen this dear lady. And whatever her biggest battle right now, would you please fight it for her so she sees your power and tender love for her, and so she finds some respite in the middle. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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