Free From The Sting

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As a Christian, Easter is one of the most important times of my year. It’s the season I set aside to celebrate what Jesus did for me, but this year is more precious as I consider how the events of Easter fit into our cancer world.

I believe with all my heart that Jesus is the son of God, that the Bible is true, and that the promises it contains are real and this is why I so often include verses in my blog posts–to remind myself of what I know to be true when my circumstances are overwhelming (which they often are). In those moments, I literally have the physical sensation of drowning.  Believing as I do doesn’t change the pain of cancer or anything else in this life, but it can and does change how I face the drowning moments.

Often, like the thief on the cross next to Jesus–not the mocker, but the other–the weight of life and pain (some self-inflicted, some not) closes in and I cry out.  And then comes the reply,

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

That’s it! This is the answer to the agony. The pain and suffering is only a season, because death is swallowed up in Jesus’ glorious victory and its sting is gone. One day soon I will be with Jesus in Paradise!

Because I know God made me, and I will be in Heaven with Him forever when this weary life is over, I am freed from the drowning to feel joy in sorrow and peace in chaos. Death may be sad, but it need not sting because this life is not the end, but the beginning.

In the midst of this cancer world, there can be incredible, inexplicable peace because my ultimate struggle has already been resolved. My sin was taken care of on the cross by God Himself! All that happens in my life is what He lovingly allows for His pleasure and glory. Someday I will be complete and lacking in nothing and with Him forever in fullness of joy.

This is my cancer foundation. This is my life foundation.

Moment by moment.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelations 21:4

3 responses to “Free From The Sting

  1. Incredible…. Praise the Lord for His promises and your firm grasp of them! Praying for you daily….. Love the stories of Chase, in his innocence. His unknowing witness to all the nurses and therapists. Just in awe! May the Lord continue to strengthen you during this incredible trial…all for His glory.

  2. You continue to be such a blessing to me and I’m sure to countless others, even as you walk the path God has chosen for you and your family. I’m reminded once again of the song by Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To”; the words always remind me of you. God bless you and Chase and your wonderful family. Kate (Friend of Meg)

  3. Ellie reading this has caused the Joy of the Lord to well up inside of me and brought me to a place of worship! You have shared the truth and the way and the life that we all can allow to permeate our life’s circumstances and any sorrows that we experience. Thank you for continuing to bring us all back to the truth as you walk this path of cancer. My prayers for you and your family are never far from my heart. May you continue to know God’s peace and comfort each day. May you rejoice this Easter as we sing “He has risen! Jesus is Alive!”

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