It has been 3 years since the following happened. Coming up on October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided to run it as I did then. Janice has been cancer free since 2009. Here it goes:
“I recognized it as the face of shock. He was sitting there expressionless. His eyes were gazing forward while focusing on nothing. The past and the future were rushing in surreal snapshots but he was oblivious to the immediate environment. His mouth hung open. He knew I was looking but his expression didn’t change. He and his wife had just heard that his wife is the victim of invasive carcinoma. His wife had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. He was now alone with his thoughts. Their children had not yet heard. His face remained unabated. It was as if I was sitting beside myself and starring at myself. Which one was I? I was both.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. We had no idea that we would become so aware. There are stages to this awareness. It’s been likened to a journey. Thursday we meet with Janice’s oncologist. My wife has an appointment with an oncologist. Friday we go in for the next surgery. It will be a little more involving than the first one. After this one, we will know if it has spread to the lymph nodes.
“Have you considered My servant, Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”(Job 1:8) Satan was conversing with God in Job chapter one. He had been roaming on the earth as he does today. One of Satan’s names is “Accuser of the brethren.” Satan fumed that if God would take away some of the protections around Job that Job would curse God. Consequently, Job was given a great opportunity to glorify God through some of the most adverse circumstances. He never cursed God. God was ultimately glorified in the life of His servant.
Although we would rather not be in these circumstances, Janice is the one who is now being considered. These have been the sentiments of many of the friends, family and loved ones that have personally spoken with Janice. People are praying for her all over the world. Dear people, cancer survivors, come and connect as sorority who has embarked upon the same charted path with words of comfort and encouragement. Churches have gathered around her and prayed for healing. Albany High School sent off pink balloons and gave gifts to show their support. Support has come from Lee County Elementary School. They are a close knit group who still remember Janice from when she was Music Director in 2003-4. All of these things are priceless.
We often speak of what it was like for Job who did not have friends and family rally in his support. What a blessing we have received from God’s people! What a blessing it is to hear that others are praying for Janice. That means that God is being glorified in these circumstances.
We are trusting God for the best. We believe there will be complete healing. We ask for you to pray toward this end. Still, we don’t want to go through this. Not going through this is not an option. Jesus Himself prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done.”(Luke 22:42)”
Written by Keith Hood. Keith operates Cross Cultural Musique in Leesburg with his wife, Janice. He has a blog at http://soulfoodfromthehood.spaces.live.com.