“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”— Psalm 23:4 (NASB).
The recent death of a dear friend to cancer has left me asking, once again, “Why, Lord, why?” Cat is the second friend I’ve lost to cancer this year. She would have been 68 on September 27. Much too young, if you ask me.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Neither does death. It’s the ultimate fate of every human who has and will walk this earth.
However, when a life is cut short, leaving loved ones to mourn, it can leave a path of darkness behind. Only Jesus can lead the hurting from the valley of despair to the mountain of hope where comfort is found in His loving arms.
Where, Death, is Your Power to Hurt?
In 1 Corinthians 15:55, the Apostle Paul writes, “Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?” (GNT)
But, in spite of the hope we find in Jesus, even Christians can struggle with death. We know Jesus has conquered the grave. Still, we wonder why we’ve been robbed of a loved one so soon.
My friend’s diagnosis came unexpectedly. Most people who are diagnosed didn’t expect to face the disease. I know, because I am a 17-year survivor. Praise God!
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