Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Talking to God when you have Cancer
Someone recently told me that the hospital he was in when he was having cancer surgery, had a chapel which had daily communion services. He said that - it was very well attended by people from the cancer ward.
The point was well made. When you near the point of no return to the life you once knew - you feel acutely isolated in time and space you feel your "oneness or unique aloneness" as never before.
Reaching out for support is therapeutic. Its also very natural.
If you are not a spiritually attuned person - there is no shame in acknowledging your frailty.
I won't preach or tell you how to live your life, but I will tell you what I have done and what I do.
I have a friend who is not too far away and I call him and we talk.
On the surface its easy to see me reaching out for the phone. But there is more to it then just that.
My friend doesn't have a phone. He can be reached by thought. It sounds a little mystical doesn't it? It is.
My friend loves me and is willing to reach for me, when I call. My friends' name is God.
I talk to him all the time. Its sort of a mental stream of communication. I thank Him for little things. I thanked him each time a nurse dropped by to see me in the hospital. I thank him for good days and for my grandchildren's laughter.
But, when I hurt, I also talk to him. Some people call this prayer. I simply call it - connectiveness to The Power.
I don't necessarily ask for life shaking miracles but that has its time and place too. But I do thank him for the inner strength he is giving me, and for the right words to say to encourage others.
My friend is particularly there when I am totally alienated from the stream of life.
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