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Patient Helping Patient

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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“To get, we must give; to accumulate, we must scatter; to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered.” – C.H. Spurgeon

The news hit us like a bombshell. Our nephew called to tell us that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, the doctors were confident that they had caught it early. Diagnosed as Stage 1, they believed that the cancer could be successfully treated with chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, further tests revealed that the cancer was more probably Stage 2 and so, surgery will now be required. My nephew and his young wife are handling the news bravely, leaning on their faith in God to see them through. I covet your prayers for both of them as well as for their two precious daughters.

I also covet your prayers for a woman in our church named Holly. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago and has been undergoing a series of chemo treatments that have sapped her strength, but not her spirit. Holly remains upbeat and optimistic, full of faith, and her testimony has been an inspiration to believers and unbelievers alike.

In the midst of her treatments, Holly did something incredibly Christ-like. Putting aside her own affliction, she offered to reach out to our niece in the midst of hers, walking her through the process and telling her what to expect in the days ahead. How biblical is that! Comforting others with the comfort we ourselves have received.

Here is how Charles Spurgeon put it…

“Our own comfort is also increased by working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Consider the two men in the snow – one massaged the other's limbs to keep him from dying, and in doing so kept his own blood circulating and saved his own life. Remember the poor widow who supplied the prophet's needs from her own meager resources, and from that day she never experienced need again. Give, and it will be given to you – good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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