Cancer and the Christian Life
By Pastor Kelly Sensenig
(used by his permission)
with cancer in 2000, I know the struggle to think biblically when facing this dreaded enemy. And once the chemotherapy was over, I found that the battle continued on in a new way, a battle with fear in my mind. The fear was, “What if the cancer returns?”
Pastor Sensenig’s reminders of biblical truths help to put thinking back on track. Section six on courage was especially helpful in battling fear.
Over the years as a pastor, I have had many opportunities to try and comfort dear Christian people who have been suddenly diagnosed and afflicted with the dreadful disease of cancer. I have watched them as they sit on pins and needles awaiting the doctor’s details about what type of cancer they have and how to treat the particular kind of cancer that has invaded their body. In some cases, Christian people whom I have known and served the Lord with for many years, had to face the challenge that they might not have much time left on earth. I have sat with people and sorrowed with them and have tried to enter into their world. But I knew that they needed something more and Someone bigger than myself to bring them through such a deep valley. That is why I have pointed them to the promises of God’s Word and the person of our blessed Lord as they have faced this dreaded foe of cancer.
There is a very real fear and many new challenges that dear Christian brethren face as they deal with this life-changing disease. Because of this, I have been led to write some comforting, reassuring and hopeful truths for those cancer patients in my church and other believers who might benefit from the precious promises and comfort that the Scriptures bring to our hearts even in the time of cancer.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”