I am blessed with several friends who have a strong faith in God and live out their life with depth and meaning. They also pray, so I feel wrapped in safety and love.
And, then when the pre-cancerous cells were found, which meant I would undergo more exploratory surgery for cancer, I received a flood of email encouragement.
Sue said: "My first thoughts are that God loves you so deeply. I know you will inspire others to live life as fully as possible, to love and help one another, and to trust Him in all things."
Casey added: "God is on top of this surgery, in it and all around it...and He is passionately devoted to your well-being.
I loved Cheryl's quote, which she had found when she went through life-threatening surgery this past year: "I, who have created time -- and you -- can take it away...can return it to you again. It's not up to you. Therefore, believe you have all the time you will need. You do."
Karen said: "I want you to know, I'm praying ALL DAY tomorrow during your surgery and I'll pray even more specifically for you to be cancer-free! Now, I'll admit that God and I didn't quite see eye-to-eye when you first got cancer several years ago; still, I have utter peace that you don't have cancer again."
We all need friends who pray...and cuss.