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Friday, March 10, 2017

By: Rae Barho

And Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Matthew 28:20

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice in the last six years. As soon as I asked for prayers for my surgery and treatment, I was surrounded by the love and support of the church, family and friends. Even those I did not know well, but who had been through their own experience with cancer, called me, sent me cards, and loved me through this time of an unknown future.

I underwent surgery after each diagnosis to remove the cancer. Both times family, friends and pastors were at the hospital to support me and pray for me before and during surgery. People came, not only to support me, but to support my family. I could feel God’s presence through all of those who opened their hearts to me and mine. I began to be sure that whatever the outcome was, I would be okay. God was with me and would remain with me through anything the future brought.

After radiation and chemotherapy treatments, friends and the food ministry at this church provided Eddie and I with delicious meals. Beautiful and heartfelt cards arrived on a daily basis. I found gifts from “The Fairies” on my front porch after each treatment. I received love and support from the talented and caring prayer shawl and quilt ministries of Oak Hill United Methodist Church. When I wrapped myself in my shawl or napped with my quilt over me, I felt safe in the arms of God and much loved.

I have been blessed to encounter God on a daily basis in the faces of those he sends to minister to me.

 

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