How do you react when you find out someone is going through a major trial like cancer?
There was a time when I would flippantly share Scripture like Romans 8:28. Though God’s Word is true, there’s also timing of our words as we are told in Ephesians 4:29:
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Today I tend to react like Job’s friends first did:
“So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.” Job 2:13
My husband’s step-sister Gina has cancer.
I have no words to speak to her, but I just weep and pray. Being sad and weeping is not a lack of faith, it’s just deep sorrow.
Jesus understands. When her brother died Mary said to Jesus,
“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” (John 11:32-33)
When Jesus saw where they laid Lazarus, He wept.
The other reaction I have to guard against is not doing anything at all for fear of offending. Do you ever struggle with that?
Right now we live in California and she lives in North Carolina, so the most practical things we can do is pray, donate what we can, and share this with you…
As you read her story you will see she is loved and knows it. You will see her faith in God is firm. But you will also see a mama’s aching heart for her sons and for her family.
Will you take a moment to read her story and prayerfully consider making a donation for this beautiful young mother of three children?
‘Help Gina Battle Colon Cancer’ https://dm2.gofund.me/pm398s8k