Last weekend I met two more ladies at our church who were recently diagnosed with cancer and are fighting for their lives. The interesting thing about these women, and about everyone I've met who is battling cancer, is the hope that they express. I've heard it over and over again. I believe. I know God is in control. I trust His plan for me. And you can see it in their eyes. A sparkle, as if they know something you don't know, as if they have "insider information" - a special access to the Creator of the Universe.
I guess it takes actually facing your own mortality to realize that the things we have read about God, and the things we have said about faith really are true. And there is tremendous hope in that realization. God IS good, and everything He does is good. Because of that, we have hope for the future.
I read this statement about hope recently and I like it: "Hope cannot be destroyed. It calls us to rise up; it whispers our name. It draws us to believe that, sometimes, wishes do come true." (Hope Rising, by Kim Meeder).
"Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits." 1 Chronicles 16:34
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." Psalm 91:1-4
"Everything rides on hope now..."