|Photo courtesy of Jeanne Henriques Collage of Life|
I thought of this Scripture this weekend as I listened to a family friend as she quietly talked about surviving breast cancer. Her eyes twinkled with emotion as she told me how her experience had turned out to be a "beautiful thing". She talked about how amazed she was to have grown so close to the Lord through all that she had experienced. She had expected the hurtful things that came with a double mastectomy. She had not expected such an outpouring of love and support that came from all her friends and co-workers. Nor did she expect all the spiritual blessings that came her way as she drew close to God.
"I love to tell my story," she said.
We all face crises in our lives. The initial reaction is often fear and dread. If only we could hang onto stories of hope, and have a "let's-see-what-the-Lord-will-do" attitude.
And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Thank you Debra for sharing what God has done for you. It seems to me that your story is an actualization of Paul's words--"the things which happened to me furthered the gospel."
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Augusta Chronicle is featuring breast cancer survivor stories in its Faces of Survival portraits. You might like to read more there. (www.chronicle.augusta.com/survivors)
Photo courtesy of Jeanne Henriques Collage of Life