Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? — 1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV
During the course of chemotherapy treatments, my body changed. I was very thin with a few sprigs of hair sticking out of my scalp. My skin was a pasty white, and even though I slept a lot, I had dark circles under my eyes.
I share this with you not to discourage you but to let you know that you’re not alone if you are wondering who that woman in the mirror really is. The good news? I quickly gained back weight and lots of hair, and although I don’t sleep nearly as much now, I don’t have circles under my eyes anymore — maybe just a few more wrinkles!
But I came to understand that my body and mind, although crucial to my survival on earth, were not the essence of who I was then or who I am today. I came from God and will return to Him when my time here is done. With that knowledge, cancer lost much of its grip on me. It could never have the “real me.” That part was already taken. It had been bought and paid for on the Cross of Calvary.
Lord Jesus, thank You for promising to renew me day by day. I confess that it is difficult to look so different, to feel so weak, to have life change so abruptly. I’m glad I have You to remind me of what really matters. You make this bearable. You did not promise an easy life, but You did promise to be with me when challenges come. I need You now, Lord. Thank You for being here and helping me to face the changes that are happening. They are only temporary, but You are eternal.
I thank You that You chose to make my body Your temple — that Your Spirit lives in me. I have been hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. I praise You that these light and momentary troubles are achieving an eternal glory!
~ Pam Brown Author, Facing Cancer Together
Today’s Tip: Do something that renews you: take a scented bath, get a hand and foot massage, visit a special friend… or take a nap.
Prayer references: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 2 Corinthians 4:17
Excerpted with permission from Praying Through Cancer by Susan Sorensen and Laura Geist, copyright Susan Sorensen and Laura Geist
* * *
Are you looking in the mirror at a face who’s facing cancer? If so, you’re not alone. You are never alone! Cancer can wreak havoc on our physical bodies, but in Jesus it can never truly win. Come share your thoughts on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Laurie McClure, Faith.Full