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Don’t take your next birthday for granted

A good friend once said that wedding anniversaries were more significant than birthdays. He made a good point that I’ve since repeated to others. Birthdays just come around year after year. You don’t need to do anything. Whereas wedding anniversaries … Continue reading

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When it’s good to get bad news

I used to think that bad news was always bad news. How could it be anything else? But I see things differently now. Sometimes we need to hear bad news to have any chance of hearing good news. My cancer … Continue reading

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God have mercy

Today I sat by the bed of a friend in hospital. He too has lung cancer. On the outside he looked weathered and aged. He was frail and broken. And yet he radiated an inner contentment. He wasn’t looking for … Continue reading

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NED

‘No evidence of neoplasm.’ This was the final sentence of the radiologist’s report on my CT scan from Tuesday. I went straight to wikipedia. Neoplasm wasn’t a word I’d been using. And my guess was right. There was no evidence … Continue reading

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Hope beyond failure

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.  (Psalm 73:26) So true. My body is breaking down. It’s the chemo today, but it fits with the trend. I’m … Continue reading

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Eternal hope

‘Cancer free to no hope in less than two weeks.’ This was the headline to the post I read on a cancer forum yesterday. How could things change so quickly? The truth is, they hadn’t. There’d been a bad case … Continue reading

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Pain

pain in my chest an invader yet part of me sharp dull squeezing grabbing piercing pulsing throughout the day as I wake at night an ever present reminder of my mortality (first published in macarisms.com on 18/4/13)

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Our time is in God’s hands

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  (Psalm 90:12) My days are numbered. So are yours. There’s no point in denying it or ignoring it. It’s a fact we can’t overcome. What … Continue reading

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Try a little kindness

Little acts of kindness may not seem like much, but they can go a long way and have a lasting impact. They bless the recipient and that’s good enough. But sometimes they can become contagious. What you receive, you pass … Continue reading

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New life on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday. Resurrection Sunday. The day Jesus Christ rose from the grave and first appeared to his disciples. The first day of the week. The first day of a new life, a glorious future, for all eternity, with the God … Continue reading

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