Spiritual Life Coaching – News
The news around the world is bad enough but when you find personal news that shakes you your world shrinks remarkably. My wife, Sue or Diane as she is known at work (that story another time), was diagnosed with a very large tumor in her right kidney on Monday. The next day after a visit with an oncologist it was determined to be cancerous. You think that you are hearing things as these professionals talk. Your mind says, “It can’t be. I’m hearing things, this happens to other people.” Anyone who has dealt with this disease knows what I’m talking about. Since Monday it has been a sort of whirlwind of tests, scheduling, and phone calls to family and friends.
My sister-in-law knew a surgeon at Sloan Kettering who knew a surgeon at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago so contact was made and the wheels are turning. Confusion and disbelief are the emotions I feel. Sue’s feelings are much more complex but faith and trust are still the dominant core convictions we have both expressed to each other.
I’ve read this passage from James so many times: “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.” (MSG James 5:14-15) Healed inside and out the Word says. I feel like I am healed by Jesus every day. In my rebellion and hard-headedness I need the healing Word of grace and mercy. I know Sue believes this, has taught this in many bible studies, and experiences this in many ways daily. We look to the cross and the empty tomb and gain strength from the very power that raised Jesus in order to help us lead resurrected lives.
This will be difficult. I told Sue that I would gladly take this disease on myself if I could – but I can’t. It’s a journey that will distract me I’m sure from my regular blog posts but anyone who reads this will understand that. If you are someone who prays – please pray for her. I will call on the leaders and elders to pray for her. But as good Lutheran theology would put it I ask all the “saints” of the Church to pray. That’s you. There really is no hierarchy with prayer – thank God for that Good News.