Thursday, January 22, 2015

What Illness Cannot Do...

Happy Thursday friends! I hope that this finds you doing well! Sometimes when you are struggling with a chronic illness and chronic pain it is so hard to see anything but what illness and pain "keep us from" or "keep us from doing". It is so easy to look around and compare our situations to the "pretty social media" lives that we see. *smiles*

Today I wanted to share something for those that are courageously fighting illness and pain! You are not alone! I came across this poem several years ago and it has stuck with me. This poem was based on what Cancer cannot do but if you do not have cancer please feel free to insert your illness or pain into this poem! 
Cancer is so limited ...
It cannot cripple love. {"For God so loved the world..." -John 3:16}
It cannot shatter hope. {"Hope doesn't dissapoint us..." - Romans 5:5}
It cannot corrode faith. {"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for..." - Hebrews 11:1}
It cannot destroy peace. {"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you..."- John 14:27}
It cannot kill friendship. {"A friend who sticks closer than a brother." - Proverbs 18:24}
It cannot suppress memories. {"We all have happy memories..."- Proverbs 10:7)
It cannot silence courage. {"Be strong and courageous...." - Deuteronomy 31:6}
It cannot invade the soul. {"...cannot kill the soul." - Matthew 10:28}
It cannot steal eternal life. {"...that you have eternal life." - I John 5:13}
It cannot conquer the spirit. {"The Lord is my strength and my song..."- Exodus 15:2}
[A special "thank you" to H.Bob Anastasiadis who posted this poem in the Plattsburgh Press Republican Newspaper(2011) in honor of his wife who bravely fought cancer. {I added Bible verses to each of the points in the poem that I have found to be specifically encouraging in my own health journey.}]

Hold on to hope dear friend and remember all of the things that your illness or struggle cannot do!

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