Topic: A Poem For Teresa
Teresa... As I read this poem I had this overwhelming need to pass it along to you. Althought The title states "When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer:" In your case it would be Your Son Alan and I just have a feeling from reading your posts when Alan was diagnosed You felt as though you had been as well.
When I was diagnosed With Cancer:
My first friend came and expressed his shock by saying,
"I can't believe that you have cancer.
I always thought you were so active and Healthy."
He left and I felt alienated and somehow very different.
My Second friend came and brought me information about different treatments being used for cancer.He Said,"Whatever you do, don't take chemotherapy. It's a poison!"
He left and and I felt Scared and confused.
My third friend came and tried to answer my "why's"
with the statement
"Perhaps God is disciplining you for some sin in your Life?"
He left and I felt guilty.
My fourth friend came and told me,
"If your faith is just great enough God will heal you."
He left and I felt my faith must be inadequate.
My fifth friend came and told me to remember that,
"All things work together for the good."
He left and I felt angry.
My sixth friend never came at all.
I felt sad and alone.
My Seventh friend came and held my hand and said,
"I care, I'm here, I want to help you through this."
He left and I felt LOVED!
Reprinted by permission: Linda Mae Richardson, Victory in the Valley,Wichita ,KS
Teresa... You are LOVED! and God lives in your heart. The light shines brilliantly outward to all when ever you post! Although an ocean apart please consider me one of your many seventh friends. Although not in body, Alan's spirit is singing out that he is your "Number one seventh friend" and wants to see you happy and healthy.
With a few soft heartbeats and some gentle tears, I thank you for revitalizing my belief in Our God Almighty; and reminding me of the big beautiful picture.