Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's Like Cancer

I have been wanting to post for quite some time now, but have not been able to because things have been so busy and haywire. It's nice to have a little spare time to sit and write.

As you know from an earlier post, Arlen and I recently took a trip to Maryland for a wedding. It was a great trip, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. There is one thing in particular, however, that really sticks out in my mind.

When we went to church on Sabbath, we ran into Arlen's aunt and uncle. Before I go on, I need to give you a little background. A while back, Arlen's aunt was diagnosed with stage four cancer - I think it was ovarian cancer. This was bad news. The Lord has really blessed though, and against all odds, she is now cancer free.

As I sat beside her at church, an announcement was made about a church member who was diagnosed with cancer. Immediately Arlen's aunt leaned over and began to tell me about her cancer experience. Then she told me about a supplament she began taking early on in her diagnosis. She told me how the supplement greatly reduced the side effects of the chemotherapy. She explained how the doctors were completely amazed at the positive results of her condition and they could not figure it out. She was sure God had given her this supplement and that it made all the difference.

She then went on to explain how saddened she was by others she had seen suffering who weren't even willing to try the very thing that healed her. She explained that it is safe - it is a whole food supplement. She even told me that if someone who takes this miracle cure sees no improvement in six months, their money is completely refunded. She had given people tubs of this stuff, and when they died from cancer and their homes were cleaned out, the containers were completely unopened. She just couldn't understand how someone facing death couldn't try it - what did they have to lose? She knew it wouldn't work for everyone, but wasn't it worth a try?

Before the day was over, she gave me a book explaining the science behind this supplement. Then she gave me more books to give to people I knew who might benefit from it. This product saved her life, and she knew it could save more - she was going to do everything in her power to see that it would save more.

Wow! This all struck me. This is the situation our world is in! We are all sick with the most deadly disease: sin. But Jesus is THE cure. He's far better than the cure Arlen's aunt found because He CAN save everyone from sin - no exceptions. Yet how often do we get excited about this cure? How often are we eager to share it with those around us?

When we share Jesus with others, it's true, some people will put Him on a shelf and leave Him there unopened. We can't let that discourage us. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. Why don't we urge people to give Him a try, to let Him into their hearts? What do they have to loose? What do we have to loose?


Anonymous said...

Just for the record. . . .

I'm very happy for your aunt.

My mother passed away from stage 4 cancer that had metastazied all over her body. She was only diagnosed two weeks before she died.

Jesus was with her too.

Healing doesn't mean curing, and physical health and spiritual health don't always coincide.

laurettabear said...

I'm very sorry you lost your mother. I have lost many close people in my life as well due to cancer. It is not easy, and is very sad. I am comforted to know that Jesus was with them as well. He has promised the He will never leave us or forsake us.

I never intended in any way that one's spiritual health was indicated by their physical health, or anything like that.

Reading over my post again, I could see how you got that though. When I was talking about Jesus being the answer and giving us health and life, I was not referring to physical health and life here on earth, but rather eternal life in heaven.

I hope that clears things up a bit, and I'm sorry for any offense that may have been caused.

Lover of Beauty said...

Thank you for this post, I wondered, if you were able, could name the supplement? A family friend of ours has just been diagnosed with cancer, and will be starting chemotherapy shortly, and this may help her also.

Thanks a lot,


laurettabear said...

I think it's called Ambrotose and it is made by Mannatech. If you look up "Glyconutrient" on wikipedia, you will find some more information on the science behind it.

I will be praying for healing for your friend.