“Perfect Peace”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, February 13, 2022 comes to us from Belinda Voigtmann of Missouri.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23:1-6 NIV
 

“Perfect Peace”

Roughly two years ago, my doctors discovered I had breast cancer, and I spent the following year fighting the disease. During that time, I suffered. I asked everyone to pray and then kept to myself, turning inward. I wrestled with the unknown and felt sick from the chemotherapy. My husband supported me completely, fielding calls from loved ones and friends when I was feeling too tired or sad. For months I’ve now been enjoying relatively good health. That changed several weeks ago when I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.


I want it to be different this time, but metastatic cancer is not something that can be cured. Even if I enter remission, the cancer will eventually return. I’m only 66, and I really thought I had this beat. My days and nights alternate between relative calm and complete anguish. How will I tell my loved ones? What will my husband do without me? What do I do about my beloved cats and dog? Trusting in the Holy Spirit, I know one thing: God has been and will be with me every step of the way. And I know I will be with my Creator in eternal life. When my worries become overwhelming, God is there to share my burden.

 

Friends –

I can barely imagine the agony and confusion of being diagnosed with a terminal illness. I am inspired by Belinda Voigtmann’s witness and courage. The ability to express her feelings of fear and anxiety while still witnessing to her strong faith in God is nothing short of inspirational. I pray that if I ever have to face such a diagnosis, I will be as honest as she has been and as faithful a witness to God’s loving embrace.

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Merciful God, we surrender our lives to you. May we live for your glory. And when it is time to die, may we die in faith. Amen.

--Belinda Voigtmann


Prayer Focus:

Those living with a Terminal Illness


Thought for the Day:

When troubles overwhelm me, God will ease my burden.