In December of 2008, I had surgery to investigate and remove a thyroid nodule. The diagnosis came back as Papillary Thyroid Cancer with metastasis to the delphian lymph nodes. That was hard news. Christmas was just a couple of weeks away. Ten years prior (1998), my father was diagnosed with oat cell lung cancer at Christmas. Ten years prior to his diagnosis (1988), my mother was diagnosed with stage 4-colon cancer at Christmas. As you can guess, this was not a family trend that I wanted to see continue and, if God is good, what in the world was going on?
As Christians, we celebrate Advent and Christmas with joyous remembrances of Christ’s birth, and with a hungering expectation of His return. Both of my parents succumbed to their disease within 9 to 11 months of their diagnoses. So, it was hard to find joy in the holidays when surrounded by death. I had to remind myself that God is good: Christ was born, and Christ himself faced and defeated death, so that we might live again.Read more … “God is Good”