by J. C. Corcoran/2014
I am writing this, not only for myself, but for the many others across the globe who have been where I am now. As I write my eyes are filled with tears but they are tears of joy and gratitude to my Father in heaven for bringing me through this trial.
When I was first told, way back in April of this year, that I had cancer in my kidneys I prayed, “God, why?” As time passed, I changed my prayer to pleas of healing; “take this from me o God.” And then finally, I got it. James says in chapter 1 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance…so that you may be mature and complete.”
David says in Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” And that’s when my prayers changed to “God, be with me and help me through this trial.” And He did. And I am healed. I am cancer free. And that is why I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to the following people.
First and foremost, I thank God for a loving, caring wife. Charlie (Charlene) has worked tirelessly in the past few months nursing me, bathing me, feeding me and clothing me. She works a regular 40 hour a week job and every day before leaving for work, she makes sure something is prepared for me to just pop into the microwave. While she’s at work, she sends text messages: “are you ok?” “do you need me to bring you anything?” And when she comes home, she makes sure I’m comfortable before she sets in doing housework. She’s a wonder to behold and I thank God for her.
I am thankful to God for the medical professionals who brought me through this. It took many doctors and nurses many hours of dedication and training to bring me through this nasty stuff and I thank God for them.
I thank God for my sister-in-law, Jama, for taking her days off to travel with Charlie and I to Indianapolis to the IU Cancer Center. Every time we went to Indy, including the days of my surgeries and the stays in the hospital, Jama was there offering moral support and laughter. (She has a great sense of humor).
And last but not least, I thank God for all the friends and family members for their prayers and emails and Facebook messages with the words of encouragement and humor. I feel the love.
I could go on and on with this but I think you all get the picture; and those of you who have been through it know exactly what I mean.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to “give thanks in all circumstances.” So don’t forget, God is at the center of it all. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise and enjoy the coming holidays. Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and I pray that God will grant you all health and prosperity through the new year. As Tiny Tim said in The Christmas Carol, “God bless us, everyone.”