At the moment, besides my father, I have six friends who are battling cancer too.
So this morning, it was good for me to pick up Eugene Peterson's book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. I love his honesty about the very real struggles we all face to trust God, especially in difficult times.
Here's a good word from his chapter titled "Help" (based on Psalm 124) that has bolstered me today:
"What is hazardous in my life is my work as a Christian. Every day I put faith on the line. I have never seen God. In a world where nearly everything can be weighed, explained, quantified, subjected to psychological analysis and scientific control, I persist in making the center of my life a God whom no eye hath seen, nor ear heard, whose will no one can probe. That's a risk.
Every day I put hope on the line. I don't know one thing about the future. I don't know what the next hour will hold. There may be sickness, accident, personal or world catastrophe. Before this day is over I may have to deal with death, pain, loss, rejection. I don't know what the future holds for me, for those I love, for my nation, for this world. Still, despite my ignorance and surrounded by tinny optimists and cowardly pessimists, I say that God will accomplish his will, and I cheerfully persist in living in the hope that nothing will separate me from Christ's love."