I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
As a cancer survivor of 25 years, a recent diagnosis came as a shock. In February of 2017, I was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct Cancer). The cancer had spread to the liver, and the only slight chance of survival was a liver resection. I was truly blessed to have been a candidate (so few are).
In April of 2017, I had one third of my liver removed, followed by five high dose radiation treatments with follow ups every three months. In November of 2017, testing confirmed the statistics that I have read many times: The cancer is back. This time it had spread, giving me a poor prognosis.
Scared? You betchya, but not of the prognosis, because I know what my reward is when my time on earth is done. No, my fear is pain, nausea, and the unknowns with treatment. I have had my first chemo treatment, and for the most part, by the Grace of God, have tolerated it well. Today I feel good, and focus on the now. I remind myself daily of God’s promises and find comfort that He is by my side through it all.
Carey Reardon, Our Saviour Lutheran Church
Prayer: Thank you God for the courage and faith that you have given us in our weakness and struggles. Thank you for the blessing and wisdom that comes from the faithful as they praise your name and share faith through their story. Amen.
This year may be the one in which John’s resurrection account is likely to be chosen over Mark’s, perhaps because Mark’s gospel ends so abruptly, with astonishment and fear rather than joyful proclamation. Yet Mark may speak to our experience more directly than the other gospels. Corinthians and Acts fill out the story by telling of appearances of the risen Christ. Peter says we “ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” And so do we, in a foretaste of the mountaintop feast where death will be no more.
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.