Posted by: glorifyhim1 | March 9, 2015

Cancer Did Not Win – Again

Cancer Did Not Win – Again

 

A few years ago I stumbled across an anonymous poem that is widely circulated among networks and organizations that seek to provide encouragement to individuals and families that struggle with cancer. This poem – What Cancer Cannot Do – reminds us that in spite of the horrible nature of this disease that robs individuals and families of so much, there are just some things that it cannot do.  I blogged about this poem in 2010, but, the words I wrote then are just as true today. I have included some excerpts from my earlier blog below in honor of my dear sister-in-law, Wanda Hart, who lost her battle with cancer this past weekend. But as I think about all the things Wanda left us, I am reminded that there are some things that cancer just cannot do.

 

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

 

 

As horrible as cancer is – “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 our dear family member and friend is now safely home where there is no more suffering, no more death or dying. She is experiencing the victory that those of us here on earth can still only see by faith. She has already won the battle!

 

Wanda actually won the battle when she accepted what Jesus had already done for her 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 Wanda. She was a devoted wife; loving mother, grandmother, and family member; and caring friend.  To us, today, it may seem like cancer has won. Yet believers in Christ know that today, our sweet family member and friend is more alive than she has ever been. This past Saturday, she exchanged 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 Wanda’s physical body, but it was incapable of invading her soul or stealing her eternal life. The battle she fought is now over, but it did not end in defeat. It was swallowed up in victory –  victory through her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Cancer did not win – again!

 

 

 

 

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  1. I am sorry that your sister-in-law Wanda had to experience cancer and died this past weekend, but praise God everything you have said is true and she is not sick anymore but is experiencing eternal life to its fullest. She is walking with and praising our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praise God for His grace to us through His Son Jesus Christ. God bless you:)

  2. Thank you, Eliza, for your sympathy and encouragement. As you said, I am so thankful that because of Jesus, she is now experiencing true life. And I am so blessed by brothers and sisters in Christ, like you, who come along side of us and bless and encourage us. Thank you so much.


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