Calming Assurance

JP: Inspiring article by Beth Horn. Please be in prayer for her.

Calming Assurance


I was 41 in April 2007 when we were hit “out of the blue” with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Another bombshell followed: a 50% survival rate (due to the unknown spread of the cancer). Even as believers, we face fear and grapple with multiple unknowns. I trust that this retelling of how our crisis touched the lives of my family,
my church, and others with whom cancer bonds were forged will encourage your heart in unexpected ways. Immediately following diagnosis, the doctors ordered extensive testing to determine the spread of the cancer. We awaited the results. One evening after putting our children to bed, my husband and I sat down at the kitchen table together. “We are supposed to rejoice,” he said, “What do we rejoice in?” I agreed with the rejoicing part but honestly was at a loss to respond.

I am an optimistic, positive person, but numbed thoughts cluttered my mind. All I could think to reply was that maybe the testing would show that the cancer had not spread—that the prognosis was not as bad as we feared. We realized that we could hang on to that perspective through the testing process, but what if the results came back worse than we were hoping? What would we be able to rejoice in then? Luke 10:20 had our answer: “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

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