Thursday, November 20, 2008

7 years old.

Do you remember what you looked like when you were 7? What your interests were, what you spent your time doing? Who was your best friend? What was your favorite food and what were you most excited about in your day? At age 7, we were in what, 2nd Grade? What were you learning, what were your fears?

In all your innocence, in all your exuberance, in all your joys and seasons of life so far, can you imagine fearing terminal cancer?

I got a call tonight from a guy who has a co-worker with a 7 year old daughter. She's been battling cancer for the last 2 years and has been in remission, but after receiving some test results this afternoon, learned the cancer has returned. And there's nothing they can do. Nothing they can do.

But how... tell me HOW ON EARTH do you receive news like this? How do you accept that it's her and not you? And you so desperately desire for this monstrous cancer to invade you, not your precious little girl?

I think being people of faith, knowing and having received the greatest Love of all, you don't accept it. What you accept is that science is science, that doctors are just human, and that the God you serve is a powerful and mighty God, that He didn't bring 7 year old Elise into this world without purpose and intention. What you accept is to speak His Name alone brings healing and that it's not done until He says so. And I don't believe He's said so yet.

Pray for Elise. Pray for her life here on earth, that God shines His light so bright from within her. That laughter and life and love and breathe overcome this cancer within her. I believe it.


Sarah Taylor said...

I believe it, too.

Samantha said...

God is the great physician and He can heal. Poor little thing. My heart breaks for her and her family.

Heidi said...

A good friend of mine lost her precious 6 year old daughter to cancer in Feb. They are doing remarkably well and I will never forget when she told me that this is not how she wanted it to turn out but that she needed to accept God's plan and they wanted to be in God's will more than anything else-that is amazing to me!

Keri said...

Thank you......this post definitely puts our struggles with our 9 year old in perspective. I will be praying for this little girl and for her family.

Andrea Himmelsehr said...

I sent my extremely healthy 7 year old off to school this morning without more concern than whether his hood was over his ears. I pray for those parents, and for Elise, and I hope they know the peace of God.