Just about to finish reading the book: Power of Prayer (POP): A Journey in the Light by Dick Bowley. This is about one man’s day-by-day journal through a battle with and victory over leukemia that reveals the power and roles of prayer, faith, marriage, family, fitness, community and excellent medical care and how they work together in such a God-ordained victory. I recommend the book to anyone facing such a challenge as either a warrior or a caregiver. An extremely enlightening and enjoyable read that inspires.
Dick pointed me to the following verse several times in my reading today.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:2 (ESV)
As a cancer warrior, every day is one of both thanksgiving and being joyful in hope – at 17 months in my battle, that hope grows stronger day be day.
As a cancer warrior, one must be patient in affliction … typically the affliction of chemotherapy side effects. I am in the midst of my 32nd chemotherapy treatment … getting my infusion pump removed tomorrow and start again in two weeks. And quite frankly I would love nothing better than one day write I am going thru my 500th treatment … or to say the cancer is gone all together. Hey, both patient in affliction and joyful in hope!
As a cancer warrior, one must be faithful in prayer … and I might add a family and community must be faithful in prayer for you as well. So thankful for the lifted prayers and the answered prayers. I’m not the prayer warrior I need to be … but God’s not done with me yet.
Oh Lord, thank you for reminding me of these truths thru the writing of Dick Bowley today! (And thank you for placing special friends like Anne and Kenny in my life to give me such a book.)