All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort-we get a full measure of that, too.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-5 (The Message)
This weekend we will be conducting our fourth CanCare volunteer training class in Johns Creek. It will actually be the 70th training overall for CanCare. JCPC hosted our inaugural Atlanta class in April of 2012 and when this current class has completed its training, we will be just shy of having trained 80 CanCare volunteers. All praise to God and Father of our Master!
The passage I quoted above was written close to 2,000 years ago, but the truth of the words lives on through the power of survivorship. Nothing says hope more than a cancer survivor coming alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
Gray brought this message home yesterday in his sermon as he preached about Death Valley and the valleys we all must travel. Having someone who has been there to go along side with us can make all the difference in the world. Hope and love are meant to be shared.
This quote says it all:
We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
Please keep our trainees and trainers in your prayers this week. I trust the beautiful stuff will overflow!
Prayer for Today
Comfort us in our troubles, O Lord, so that we will know how to comfort others in their trouble and through the comfort we share, hope will have its day. Amen.