“Blessed be Your name, On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering, Blessed be Your name.

You give and take away, You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say: Lord, blessed be Your name”

For a while now I’ve been encouraged to write a blog about Linda and facing her cancer together; the words of this song sum up a lot of how I feel! After a great weekend together in London, this week has been especially hard, being told that her cancer has progressed and her liver is now beginning to fail. With 4 young kids, that’s tough.

Linda on the London Eye Sat 27th Jan

Sunday night I’m preaching in our David series on Fighting your Giants with Faith and for me, and I guess many, giants don’t come much bigger than terminal cancer. That’s my giant, but I know I’m not alone. And then when you try and give answers to the “why does God allow this to happen” question, anything you say ends up sounding trite.

In living with cancer I have learnt a few lessons, which I’ll try and explain in time. For now, a few lessons I’ve learnt as a starter for ten…

  • We all face giants, and my giants may not be yours, but yours are still giant to you
  • Better to face them with God than on your own
  • We were never meant to try and do life on our own
  • Faith isn’t faith until its all you’ve got to hang on to
  • Better to put the armour of God on in a time of peace before the battles start
  • Better to get yourself straight with God in a time of peace than when the bullets are flying
  • Christians weren’t saved to be safe, but secure
  • God is very, very real and worth trusting
  • With those you love, intentionally and deliberately create special, memory times

Yesterday at a minister’s fraternal we looked at Colossians 1 v15-23, the whole passage is great but v17 jumped out at me – “In him [that’s Jesus] all things hold together.” For me, in tough times I have learnt that for real peace, I have to choose Jesus, to drive back into him, place my trust and hope in him. In all of that Jesus is no fair weather friend, and I have learnt that my faith is not dependent on whether or not he comes through for me.

“Blessed be Your name, On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering, Blessed be Your name.

You give and take away, You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say: Lord, blessed be Your name”

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For those not familiar with our story see my testimony http://www.fulwoodfmc.net/content/view/17/26/ or the second issue of our magazine “Heart” (copies available on request!)]