As I said in my previous post, cancer sort of changes your perspective! Frankly, it radically shifts you, every aspect of you.When it is your child who is facing his monster, I think there are a host of unique challenges you face. As a parent your desire is to protect & provide. We have always been the ones responsible for our daughters well-being, and yet now, we find ourselves desperately helpless in many, many ways. If there was something we could do to take this away from Kate, or to make it all go away right now we would do anything.
Contrast our parenting through this time with that of God, the Father, in His sending Jesus as a demonstration of His infinite love. God, did not spare His Son, He offered Jesus as a sacrifice! God knew that the cost of Jesus’ comfort was worth the salvation humanity would experience through His death and resurrection. So the Father displayed His love, and here is how He did it…
1 John 4:9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The Father’s love for us is higher, deeper, wider than anything we can ever experience here on earth. His love is costly, and comes at a high price to Him. Sometimes I try to justify my thoughts and feelings in this turmoil based solely on my love for Kate, and it is (t)rue love. However, (T)rue Love, the love that God has shown, is real love and we can all be assured that God’s love is not measured by circumstances, or the situations we find ourselves in. His love is most clearly understood, when viewed as a Father who sent His Son to DIE for us!
So now I am praying that God would continue to allow me to more genuinely value His great love for us. I am worshiping Him today and these lyrics are part of my prayer. May we all come close to God today and hear, I mean really listen, and hear the story of the Father’s love!
“Come close listen to the story
About a love more faithful than the morning
The Father gave His only Son just to save us”
Phil Wickam “True Love”