Category: suffering

Aug 12

Living with Loss: My Oncologist Has Cancer (Part 2)

  Cancer has a nasty habit of taking things away from people–things like hair and strength and jobs and time. Sometimes it takes them away for a short while and sometimes it takes them away permanently. Even before my oncologist Dr. Marc Hirsh got an official cancer diagnosis, the disease already was robbing him of …

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Aug 05

Irony: My Oncologist Has Cancer (Part 1)

  I remember thinking how ironic it was when I was diagnosed with cancer just six weeks after interviewing the local oncologist, Dr. Marc Hirsh, for my newspaper story about the hospital’s new cancer support group. And now in an even greater irony, that cancer specialist–my oncologist–has been diagnosed with the very disease that he spent …

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Jul 22

My Embarrassing Confession

  I have a confession to make. It’s kind of embarrassing and I’m reticent to admit it, but I want to be transparent so I’m going public. I leak. Seriously, I do. And I’m not talking about once in a blue moon or even occasionally. I’m talking basically everyday, especially for the last several months. …

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Jul 01

30 Years of Lessons Learned as a Cancer Survivor

  Tomorrow, July 2, is the 30th anniversary of my surgery for stage 3 colon cancer. So it seemed like a good time to reflect on important truths God has taught me in these past three decades. Whether you’re living in cancer’s shadow or some other life struggle, my prayer is that your heart will …

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May 06

When your world is crashing down…

  My prayer for you today, my friend, is that no matter what life hands you–when your world or even the whole world is crashing  down–you will trust the Lord’s unending love for you. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be …

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Apr 22

5 Ways a Pandemic Is Like Having Cancer

  When this novel coronavirus invaded our globe, it was such a stark reminder of my long-ago cancer diagnosis that I actually said to myself: Now everyone will see how it feels to have your world fall apart right before your eyes. For the past thirty years, my life has been divided into B.C. (Before Cancer) …

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Mar 25

Shaking Things Up

Don’t wait. Not a minute. Not a second. Instead, praise God now. If you and I wait to praise God until after something earthshaking and amazing happens, we’ve got the wrong order. Praise comes first. Doubt that? Consider the classic praise story in the Bible–this scenario (in Acts 16) where Paul and Silas, bound in chains in …

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Mar 18

Where’s God when I really need Him?

Why doesn’t God keep little children from getting cancer? Why didn’t God protect that family from the drunk driver? Why did my friend have to bury yet-another spouse? Why did God allow……………..you fill in the blanks. We sometimes struggle with not sensing God’s nearness, not feeling His presence or not seeing His power in the …

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Feb 05

Dumping Our Anger

  When I was in the hospital after my cancer surgery, a friend came into my room with a big smile and announced: “God is going to teach you great things through this trial!” I wanted to take the IV out of my arm, stab it in hers, and tell her, “You get in the …

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Jan 23

Is the wildfire of fear, worry or anxiety burning in your life?

Fear is your enemy’s weapon. He uses it skillfully and often to great effect. Fear and its offshoots–worry and anxiety–are like a wildfire, encroaching on every area of your life and leaving destruction in their wake. Fear eats its way into your emotions, robbing you of the peace and rest God intends for you. Fear …

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