A God Who is Bigger than Cancer

3 years ago, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. It’s not one of the well-known cancers you would have heard of before; in fact, I had never heard of it prior to starting my medical degree. My dad had never heard of it either, until the doctor told him ‘I think you might have Myeloma’ – which meant absolutely nothing to him, until he came home and reported the doctor’s suspicions to me. I remember it so clearly, the way he said recalled the name so unconcerned, without any concept of the implications of the diagnosis placed before him, and I stared at him, shocked, confused, and uttered, “Dad, myeloma is a cancer”.

And there started our journey as a family, of blood tests, bone marrow biopsies, scans, chemotherapy regimens, and two stem cell transplants.

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Rejoicing in Suffering

When writing one of my earliest posts (‘Mary’s Song’) I realised that there was the potential to open a ‘can of worms’ in bringing up the concept of being joyful at all times and rejoicing even in times of suffering. So I felt it was appropriate to follow up with a post addressing this (somewhat). I quite recently read the book of 1 Peter, which is a great starting place for finding what God’s Word says about not only rejoicing in our suffering, but the practical out-workings of this.

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