“Cancer affects all of us”…

Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient. –Jennifer Aniston

Meditation: Last week I heard that one of my colleagues and one of my friends have a new cancer diagnosis. One has cancer for the first time, for the other it is the second occurrence. Both times it was shared with me as “information” through third parties. I was initially angry with the “heady” messengers and their ways of telling me. And yet, I think I am just angry at cancer being a reality. I felt myself going into denial and being paralyzed. I wanted to call or write, but did not know yet what to say. When I was a chaplain my role protected me when I was sent to families with a new cancer diagnosis. That was easier. As a friend and colleague, I feel more vulnerable, less protected, more scared.

Prayer: God, I pray for my friend and my colleague, as I have no words to talk to them yet. You know what they are facing. You know what their needs are at this time. I pray that You will surround them with love. I pray that they will experience You in the midst of their fear. I give you my anger and my fear. Free me from my own “stuff”, so I can be present with them and for them. Amen

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:30-31