I received a letter from a man who lost his wife 40 years ago.
It was 1957 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was only 27 years old; 5 months after she had a baby girl.
As there was no chemotherapy back then, she received only a surgery and radiation therapy. Yet the man and she celebrated 5 years cancer-free.
Then 9 years later, cancer came back and after one year of the battle, she passed away at 42 years old.
Her name is now on a memorial plaque facing the ocean at the church and he has visited her every Sunday after the worship service.
27 years old sounds so young. I ponder if they had just married. Wondering how devastating it was for them to know about cancer, I felt so sorry that my heart ached.
However, it is like a miracle to be able to survive without chemo for 15 years. Their prayers and many others’ must have been granted.
Learning that his unchanging love towards her, sorrow, and hardship, now I feel so close to him.
Some trials are harder than others and I realize life is not fair. Yet, God gave us eternal life fairly by sacrificing His only Son, Jesus, so that no one who believes in Him will perish.
Someday, when everything is over and we get into Heaven, we will see our loved ones being so happy with our heavenly Father, being freed from tears and sufferings, I imagine.
“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever,” (2 Corinthians 4: 18) said Paul.
In order to break our fatal penalty of sin, death, the Son of God came to be born as a son of man.
Being pierced his hands and feet, and shedding blood on the cross, He gave us the incredibly precious eternal life. Because of Him, I can face brutal cancer. I can find hope beyond death.
I prayed; like a beautiful twinkling Christmas tree,may God’s blessings be poured abundantly over the man who gave me the letter.