Am I helping them to live or to die?
That is a question I ask as I deal with cancer patients (patience may be a more applicable term).
Day by day the certainty of cells still fighting the cancer becomes less certain. Tests reveal progress — sometimes positive, other times negative.
I have sat with a lady who about ten years ago had a polished head, balder than mine! She has since had a child, been clear of cancer and now lives an active life. I have sat with a brother whose cancer engulfed him only three years after biking across Canada. His death was this past summer.
I pray with people to exhibit joy in suffering, strength in pain and hope for the future. For some the future is a certainty, soon in another realm. For others the current body will continue to fight. Sometimes I sense an urge to continue to pray for current healing. For others I pray for release to eternal healing.
For all tonight I pray for a greater sense of God’s presence and his pleasure.