Posted by: glorifyhim1 | April 19, 2010

Cancer Did Not Win

On Saturday two sweet ladies from our church both succumbed to their battle with cancer. Both fought a hard battle with a disease that shows no mercy or grace to its unfortunate victims. Yet as much as the disease robbed from these dear ladies and their families, there were several things that it was incapable of doing. I am reminded of an anonymous poem widely circulated among networks and organizations that seek to provide inspiration and encouragement to individuals and families that struggle with cancer.

What Cancer Cannot Do

 

Cancer is so limited

It cannot cripple love

It cannot shatter hope

It cannot corrode faith

It cannot destroy peace

It cannot kill friendship

It cannot suppress memories

It cannot silence courage

It cannot invade the soul

It cannot steal eternal life

It cannot conquer the spirit.

 

— Anonymous

 

The words that jump out of this poem and speak to me are “It cannot invade the soul…It cannot steal eternal life.” While few things in this life are secure, believers can rest in a quiet confidence that no matter what battles we must go through on this earth, our eternal lives are secure in Christ. Apostle Paul reminds us of this in 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8: “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

While we may weep over our loss on earth, we can rejoice that these two ladies are now safely home where there is no more suffering, no more death or dying. They are experiencing the victory that those of us here on earth can still only see by faith. They have already won the battle!

And what did they do to secure their victory? Actually, the only thing they had to do was accept what Jesus had already done for them years ago on Calvary when He “gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6). Jesus won and secured the victory for all of us when He died on the cross for us and rose from the dead. “But thanks be to God, who give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

I feel very blessed and privileged to have known both of these dear ladies and my heart aches for what their families have and are going through. To us, today, it looks like cancer has won again. Yet all believers know that these two ladies are more alive today than they have ever been, for on Saturday they changed corruption for incorruption and mortality for immortality – “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written; ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’”(1 Corinthians 15:54). Cancer may have ravaged their physical bodies, but it was incapable of invading their souls or stealing their eternal lives. The battle these two precious souls fought is now over, but it did not end in defeat. It was swallowed up in victory  – victory through out Lord Jesus Christ!

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