Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Where is God in Cancer?

This has been on my mind this week. How do you find God in cancer? Yes, we die and cancer is one of the mechanisms, but living in between the diagnosis and the death there are a lot of choices. It seems that there is a continuum with “offer it up” and long-suffering on one end and “there is a no God and fatalism (and a different kind of suffering maybe) on the other end. But maybe there is a surrender --with action --in the middle. That would not look the same for two patients or two caregivers.

Where, for each of us, is how we treat cancer, accept treatment, refuse treatments, or fight it? If God’s will is what is then is fighting cancer fighting God’s will? How do we practice acceptance when it means accepting cancer and death?

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