Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tender Times

This morning as I was checking my email, the tears started coming when I saw there was an update from CaringBridge.  I just knew...and it is with a sad heart that I share my thoughts with you. 

Although I have never met this man or his family in person, the grief of his death is very real.   I was first introduced to Rodney and his family through an episode on the River of Hope.  I continued to follow his cancer journey through his CaringBridge entries.  My words are inadequate to share of the love and inspiration this family shared with others.  (If you would like to meet Rodney and his family click here to watch the River of Hope episode.)

Today, as I grieve for the Lamfer family, I find myself also grieving for all who have faced this ugly beast: Cancer.  Why can't life be like Beauty and the Beast, when once we have kissed the hideous 'Beast' called cancer, our lives are transformed to a "happy ever after?" Why do some of our journey's end in death, while others of us are healed? Why do some go on as if cancer was but a winters cold, yet others of us continue with long term side effects?  Unfortunately, these questions have no answers. Thankfully, like Rodney and has family believed, God's word and love brings us comfort and truth.

"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
My hope comes from him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress."
Psalm 62:5-6


Melissa Nesdahl said...

I don't know them but have been praying for them too. Nice post.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Just yesterday, I was going over songs for Sunday, and I sang, "My God is a Rock in a Weary Land." We are not made to live forever. What is so hard to understand is why people die young or go through so much suffering.

DannJ said...

I think for every story that we tell that shares the heartbreak we should counter blow for blow, strike for strike with positive news as well.
I was very heartened to see these young people honored for their ingenuity and muster. I can only hope their contributions become real treatments someday for cancer.

Karen Barnhart said...

With tears in my eyes, I say thank you for sharing Rodney's story. My prayers are with his family.

nancyspoint said...

I'm sorry to hear this news of another loss. Sadly there are no answers to your questions. Sometimes it feels like everything to do with cancer is random...

Robyn Campbell said...

Kim, I didn't know this family, but will watch the episode. This breaks my heart. I am so, so sorry. But praise The Lord this is not our home. Praise The Lord, I say! I am praying for his family. Miss you too. <3