I’m beginning to think that ‘someone’ doesn’t want this post to go live. I’ve been trying to post it since last Friday when the Five Minute Friday word was ‘truth’. Since then I’ve had no end of technology problems. Perhaps there was a reason for the delay…I don’t know but I do know that I needed to write this…

The truth is, I hate that ‘c’ word. I refuse to give it the dignity of being capitalized.

The truth is it doesn’t just attack the person who has it but their family and friends.

The truth is that even if you do survive the wreckage is still there like an ugly stain on your ceiling that you just can’t get rid of no matter how many times you paint.

The truth is it rips at the roots of belief that God is good and knows what He is doing.

The truth is we hate it because we feel helpless in the face of the beast. What can we do after all?

The truth is that prayer doesn’t feel like enough even though it is the most powerful of weapons.

So what do we DO?

The truth is we CAN pray, we can love and walk alongside. We can sew dolls and quilts and make chemo hats. We can send information about what it’s like from the other side so that a person knows what to expect and what is helpful…and what is not.

The truth is we can live and laugh and link arms together.

Because there is this marvelous truth sandwiched in-between ‘if God is for us who can be against us’ and ‘nothing can separate us from the love of God’ in Romans 8. I read it for the ‘first’ time this morning.

“…Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … NO, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37)

How many times have we heard or asked that question? You know the one…if God really loves me how could he let this happen? He still loves you friend. He says that we WILL have trouble in this world but that we can take heart because he has overcome the world.

We can overcome right along with him. He has given us the victory, not just a little victory, an OVERWHELMING VICTORY. (now that deserves capital letters!)

The truth is that our security is not to be in our circumstances, good or bad, it is to be in Christ alone.

So when our world is shaken by financial pitfalls, sickness, wayward kids, job losses, death, it does not change this truth…GOD LOVES YOU and because of Christ we overcome.

That is the truth I will cling to.

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Do you have a loved one doing battle with the ‘c’ word right now? Let’s pray together. I have three friends: Linda, Katharine and Matthew…