Quod Non Me Destruit, Me Nutrit
There is beauty to be found in some of the worst places and under the worst circumstances! This picture is of a friend of mine who is a cancer survivor!
The translation of the title of this post is:
“From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger”!
Twilight of the Idols, 1888.
Unless you have journeyed hand in hand with a loved one along the road that leads to Cancer’s door, you can not know how profound Nietzsche’s quote really is. I know and, as I have discovered recently, so do many of my friends, because either we, or those we love, have made the journey. And when you arrive at the door, there is an impotent uncertainty that is universally experienced, about exactly what you will find when you open that door and cross the threshold. Regardless whether the outcome is turning right and facing continued life or turning left, and facing death, opening that door is perhaps one of the first times many will face their worst fear….that of their mortality. And I don’t know about any of you, but I for one am afraid, although not in the way you might imagine I would be! You see, I am afraid for all that I will leave behind and never see with the eyes of my mortal being. I want to watch my grandson grow and marry and perhaps have children of his own. I want to spend every second loving the man God chose for me to spend my life with! I want to meet my end kicking and screaming for every last nanosecond I can manage to draw a breath. I am speaking from the heart when I say that I do not ever want to willingly let go of the tangibles in my life. The thing is, I am not the least bit afraid of where turning left will take me. You see, I have made my peace and I have accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. And I hope…no, not hope…I am as certain as I can be, that I will not be spending all of eternity in a place warmer than any furnace of man’s making!Romans 8:24-25 ESV in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” But still, I am alive now, and mortal, and not very patient!
The other night I saw a video which was especially poignant to me, having watched my mother, my mother-in-law and my father-in-law battle, and ultimately succumb from the effects and complications of cancer, and never more so than now as I share cancer’s journey once again with my husband. But it is a video of hope and love and triumph. It is the best that the human spirit can manage as it begins the trek into the unknown territory of the road that brings us to the dreaded door and the threshold none really wants to cross. And yet cross we must….ALL OF US! Because we do not know what His plan is for our lives, but as believers, we must have hope that God has a purpose for our every affliction. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” And then I realized that it is right for us to make a stand and fight, because that is as much His gift to us as is any He has given. And who is to say that it is NOT this realization that is His plan for us as we battle our earthly demons of affliction!
Please click the link below to view this wonderful video made by Megan Kowalewski.
Megan Kowalewski was just 23 years old when she discovered a lump on the side of her neck that turned out to be Hodgkin’s Lymphoma!
This video features the hit song:
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)“
Written by: Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin
Recorded by: Kelly Clarkson
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 ESV
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