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EXPLORING THE BIG “C” ~ Jack Albright
New Beginnings has always been the title of my Atchison Globe articles. The first articles were encouraging words to help readers build a realistic self-esteem. When we accept ourselves as a person of worth…we can usually handle the routine issues of life in a healthy and productive manner.
The words you read today represent a new beginning for me personally as I share my struggle with the reality that I have been (unofficially) diagnosed as having prostate cancer.
I may have cancer but I refuse to call myself a victim of cancer. Victimized persons represent those who are wrongfully punished, abused, offended, or mal-treated. I am none of those. I am not sick.
Prostate problems commonly begin in men as young as forty. At my age of eighty-nine there are likely no men who do not have some prostate issues. We are not victims. God is not punishing us. We are human beings and our healthy male bodies weaken, falter, sputter, spew, spray…and stop.
My new beginning is trying to rationally decide my treatment plan and offer a positive example for others to follow.
My prayer is that God will direct my words; based upon His Word, the Bible, into words of hope, assurance, and comfort for readers.
The Bible teaches that when adversity increases in intensity that God is present with you. When others criticize you, God is with you. When you’re overwhelmed by burdens or depression, you have God’s presence with you. When you’re isolated from those you love and are cut off from people, you have God’s holy presence. God will never leave you or forsake you.
We thank God that he lives within us and that he holds onto us. Our security and peace does not depend on our ability to hold onto God…Our security depends on his promise to hold onto us.
Accept these promises: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5)
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28: 20)
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you.” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV)
This hymn speaks to the above promise. ”When thro’ fiery trials thy pathway may lie, My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply; The flames shall not hurt thee, I only design thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
Ready for a miracle Bible verse? I went to my favorite Bible search resource and requested Isaiah 43:2. When it appeared I selected copy and then paste. The following reference appeared in bold red font: “Psalms 19:14.” I repeated the select, copy, paste procedure two more times and each time got only “Psalms 19:14” This convinced me that God wanted me, and readers, to give full and primary attention to those words and apply them to our present challenge and struggles. Psalm 19:14 (NKJV) “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
As we meditate and apply God’s word to our present challenge, the following verse will become a living reality: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
God may not deliver you from pain or pressure or problems. He may not prevent you from that disease or divorce, or disaster. But he does promise to be with you wherever you go and in whatever situation you face. God is with you…right here…right there…right now.
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