Fighting the Good Fight

I hope that you are having a good day.  I hope that you are feeling good and that your mind is clear, your body is strong and your spirit is steadfast in the hope and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I have had a good week but it has been very busy.  I have two friends of mine who have been fighting cancer during the last 3 years and the fight is really tough right now.  Both of these men have had wonderful attitudes during this time and have provided an excellent testimony of the grace and strength that God gives us to face the trials and tribulations of this life.  This week I received a concerning word from the family of one of these men.  I was told that my friend was tired of going to the hospital for treatments.  He is sick and tired of being sick and tired.  The cancer he is fighting has been waxing and waning in strength off and on during the last two years but it has not gone into remission.  The chemo and radiation treatments he is undergoing are taking their toll on him physically and emotionally.  With the way he is feeling, my friend says that he is just not sure if he wants to go back to the hospital or see the doctors for any more treatments.  I will visit with him this week to pray about this decision.

My friend has fought so hard and been so courageous throughout his battle that I was caught off guard by this news.  However, I have seen the strain that chemo and radiation treatments can have on someone fighting cancer.  I also know that cancer itself takes a heavy toll on an individual.  As I continue to pray for and with my friend, I ask you to pray with me.  I do not know how God will lead him and his family in this decision.  Perhaps my friend will be encouraged and strengthened and decide to go back to the doctor for treatments.  This will take courage.  Perhaps he will decide that the treatments are no longer something the Lord desires for him to do.  This too will take courage.  Please pray for my friend and his family.  Perhaps the Lord will see fit to work a miracle and grant him healing and deliver him from this disease which has attacked his body.  Perhaps the Lord will bestow upon my friend the ultimate healing and call my friend home to be home with Him where there is no suffering, no pain and no need for chemo or radiation.

I know that whatever my friend decides he is still walking in faith for he believes in  God the Father and has trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord.  Paul spoke of giving our best and trusting the Lord in 2 Timothy 4:6,

2 Tim 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 

My friend has been fighting a good fight.  I do not yet know if he has finished the course.  But I know that when he does there awaits for him a crown of righteousness.  This same crown awaits all those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Until next time, may God bless you richly.

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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