Category Archive: hope

Apr 19

“Give Peace a Chance”

          So if you’re too young to remember this John Lennon hit from 1969, I will tell you that it’s another one of those wonderful Beatle tunes with not-so-wonderful theology. The haunting refrain of “give peace a chance” was later explained by Lennon: “It wasn’t like ‘You have to have peace!’ Just give …

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Apr 12

An Amazing Story of Beating the Odds

          Are you praying for yourself or someone you love to be cured? Are the odds stacked against that prayer? Or have doctors even told you not to expect it to happen? I have an amazing story for you today about a man who was given no chance for survival, but is …

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Mar 29

Nothing Surprises God

          I don’t think most people are truly prepared to get bad health news. Instead we hope against hope that things will not turn out as we fear and the whole nightmare will go away. Right up until I saw the look on my gastroenterologist’s face after my colonoscopy in June …

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Mar 15

Is Heaven on Your Mind?

        How much do you think about Heaven? A lot? A little? Not at all? Whether your earthly life is close to it’s end or you have many decades still in front of you, I hope your thoughts turn often to Heaven because that eternal perspective lifts the weariness we all face. One …

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Jan 18

Why not start a HOPE collection?

          Not many 77-year-old women are upset about having cancer because they won’t be able to tap dance, but my friend Linda sure was. The lively great-grandmother was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer (a rare female cancer usually treated similarly to ovarian cancer) in October 2010 and faced major abdominal surgery …

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Nov 16

Are You Slamming the Door in God’s Face?

      “Don’t deny the diagnosis; try to defy the verdict.”  Over the years that phrase from author Norman Cousins became a sort of rallying cry for my cancer support group members who were facing especially difficult circumstances. These are the kind of folks who realize shock and disbelief—although understandable reactions to a diagnosis—can’t really …

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Nov 09

Are Your Feelings Founded on Facts?

        So how are you feeling today? I’m putting this blog together two days before the election, but cognizant of the fact it will appear after the results are in—at least I hope they are in by Wednesday morning! Whatever those results show. I’m pretty sure about half of us are going …

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Oct 19

Transforming the Valley of Trouble into a Gateway of Hope

      A while back I was reading in the book of Hosea about how God promised to “transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope” and I thought of my friend Lauren. His cancer journey has been an incredible roller coaster with hopes dashed one minute and unexpected new hopes found the …

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Sep 14

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

    If you had asked my friend Carollynn what gave her hope throughout her cancer journey, she would have smiled and quickly answered: feathers. She loved Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Thing with Feathers” which begins: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And …

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