Excerpt Reading #1 from Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey

God is bigger than your cancer. Have you ever heard such sweet words? There is something passionately comforting in knowing that this heinous disease that has seeped into your life is not in charge of your life: God is.

After diagnosis, cancer can stalk you like a giant, always in your sight no matter what you do or where you go. This is true for both those persons with cancer and those loved ones standing by their sides. For anyone close to this disease, cancer requires a huge amount of focus to process the tons of information your doctors throw at you. Comprehending the choices of treatment, the date of appointments, the names of prescriptions, or the types of side effects leaves little energy to understand the emotional impact of cancer. Although it’s a struggle to take it all in, here’s the important thing- you can’t let cancer take over your life.

Cancer doesn’t get to swallow your days and your nights. It doesn’t get to put stress in your life or plague you with fear. It doesn’t get to come between you and your loved ones and it doesn’t get to come between you and your God. For many, these emotional and spiritual cancer battles can be as difficult as the physical battles. In short, cancer does not get to be more important than the most important things in your life. The most important things in your life are the things you can use to push the cancer back so you can breathe again.

Before a cancer diagnosis, you could easily see the most important things in your life, the things that made life full, rich, and worth living: sitting in the backyard with the sun on your face, watching your favorite baseball team win in the bottom of the 9th, buying a silly birthday card for your granddaughter, helping your neighbor fix his car, eating a tomato fresh off the vine, singing a favorite song in church. The most important things in your life bring joy, hope, fulfillment and purpose. Christ is the Light to reach in the darkness of cancer so you can thrive on the blessings He has given you.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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