This weekend I received a Caring Bridge email. My friend’s baby boy has been at Shands since October 2009 fighting cancer. They received MRI results on Friday that his cancer has progressed and there is no further treatment for him. Just the thought of that takes my breath away.
The doctors said they would be sending him home to be with his parents and twin brother for his remaining time. I’m sure its an age old question- that everyone asks at some point. Why?
I cannot imagine how you get through something like this. The furthest my mind can grasp is the ‘This isn’t happening to me’. ‘This is surreal- the doctors aren’t talking about my child’. ‘I will wake up in a minute since this is just a bad dream.’ Luckily, for us, that’s as far as my experience runs.
On Sunday, our pastor gave what I believe to be one of his best sermons.
It was entitled “Be Realistic”. He said (and I am paraphrasing) that when bad news comes (and no one is immune to it) be it an illness, addiction, or maybe worse- when a loved one is hurting- the evil darkness (that exists in this world) comes over you.
Nothing can take that darkness away- not your faith, the bible or your friends and family.
The light of Jesus Chris, however, is stronger than the darkness.
I sat in the congregation just nodding my head, thinking how right he is.
I wish my girlfriend could have heard the sermon- as she prepares to watch her baby boy journey to heaven.
When someone is hurting, my first instinct is send a comforting scripture, tell them God has a plan- when sometimes it is just the evil in the world without explanation, no ‘perfect scripture’, no words to be said other than ‘I am sorry’.
It felt nice, and a relief, to hear a clergy man verbalize this same sentiment.
For those of you wanting to hear the sermon in its entirety, it is posted on our church website at www.tumct.org/podcast.htm (look for the January 24, 2010 sermon).
This friend recently bought a home in our neighborhood and has yet to move in. Their hope has been to bring their son home- however he isn’t stable enough to leave the hospital as of today.
However they will be home one day. So tomorrow a few of us are meeting at their new home to unpack boxes and help get the kitchen situated. It will be one less thing on their plate- and it makes us ‘mere onlookers’ feel useful.
Please put this family in your prayers, as they face the darkness, pray that they continue to feel the light of Christ shining upon their family.