As a pastor one of the words I’ve come to dread is the C-word. Before you go through a long and inventive list of curse words, know that I’m talking about cancer. There isn’t a person who doesn’t know someone or been someone impacted by cancer. Recently, a host of people throughout our congregation, ranging in age and occupation found that cancer doesn’t discriminate.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International:There were an estimated 14.1 million cancer cases around the world in 2012, of these 7.4 million cases were in men and 6.7 million in women. This number is expected to increase to 24 million by 2035.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reminds us that cancer never has the upper hand in Christ:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.