I am going to a party tonight for our dear,sweet neighbor. It is a surprise birthday party! He is 38 years old. Tonight, we are celebrating more than just another ordinary year. We are celebrating a spectacular year. You see, he has survived what the doctors decided was an inoperable brain tumor. He has been through many rounds of chemo and radiation. The cells have stopped growing and the tumor has actually shrunk in size.
And so, we celebrate this spectacular year!
As I walked with his wife this morning, we talked about the power of positive thought and prayer. She firmly believes that his health and healing are a direct result of prayer and positive thoughts.
Recently another friend, a few blocks away, was given a new diagnosis. She also has a brain tumor. She is just beginning her journey on the path to renewed health. She and her husband will go to Mayo on Monday for a new round of tests and pictures. She has said that she will "not give the thing inside her head the power to take her life." She has 2 small children and a lovely husband.
And yet another neighbor is finishing up her last round of chemo. She is a breast cancer survivor. She also is young and has a family. She is also strong and positive and has a courageous faith.
Is the power of prayer and positive thought enough? How does anyone look at such a diagnosis without being frozen by fear? How does my friend go on with her day without falling into a heap of tears on the kitchen floor?
I obviously don't have any answers, just lots of questions. And prayers.
If you have the space in your heart to include these people, I am inclined to believe that prayer and positive thoughts are a powerful healing tool.