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Cancer-A Defining Experience-click on Title to read

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Today we consider the pleasant place of green pastures and quiet waters. We begin by reminding ourselves that cancer, to say the least, is one of the most defining experiences in one’s life. We all have those things we think are so very important but when that doctor with the stethoscope around his neck walks into the examination room and says to us in a somber voice “I’m sorry but it’s cancer”. Then all that we thought was important is suddenly and brutally thrown into a whole new light. Things will simply never be the same for us again. We immediately cross a bridge that we never would have chosen and there we’re going to find out things about ourselves that we never knew before and we inevitably come to understand in a new way what we really care about most deeply. Indeed cancer is a defining experience but I believe with all my heart it can turn out to be a good defining experience. In the midst of our cancer crisis, we can find the shepherd he’s the one who genuinely knows us and knows where we are going. And in spite of the confusion that has inundated our lives, we can still feel secure. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. “He leads me beside the quiet waters...”

This is a type written excerpt from a video by Ken Curtis. These comforting and well-spoken words are beyond me but I went through what he is referring to. Ken Curtis knows all about cancer. His mother died from it. His stepmother died from it 40 years to the month his mother died. And he had the experience of helping these two women he loved as they battled this disease he was close to both of them helping with feeding, caring and other things they needed. He also personally knows cancer as he fought cancer for over 8 years and says “After fighting cancer for over eight years, Ken says, “I have been privileged to live an unusually full life. I have had extraordinary blessings, travels, opportunities, ministries, freedom, and honors, so in all honesty, I do not feel like I can in good conscience ask for more. I am content to leave it in God’s hands. I am a servant of a faithful master whom I trust more than I trust myself. Surely goodness and mercy have followed me and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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