(I never suspected that, when I first read this in 2001, that I would need to hear this personally. I need to hear and accept this encouragement for myself. If you know anyone who is living with, or who has had Cancer, consider passing this on to them. – Ninure da Hippie_
WHAT CANCER CAN’T DO
‘There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body’ (1 Corinthians
One of the most dreaded sentences a patient might hear is ‘You have cancer’.
These words bring a chill to the heart. Although great progress has been
made in treating cancer, recovery can be long and painful, and some people
do not survive.
An enthusiastic believer in Christ, Dan Richardson, lost his battle with cancer. But his life demonstrated that even though the physical body may be destroyed by disease, the spirit can remain triumphant. This poem was distributed at his memorial service:
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection.
If an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it touch your spirit. Your body can be severely afflicted, and you may have a great struggle. But if you keep trusting God’s love, and your spirit will remain
strong. – D.C.E.
Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell;
I only know my Lord does all things well;
And so I trust in God, my All in all,
For he will bring me through, whate’er befall. – Smith.
Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair.
(Authors full names unknown)