Hi LeslieANN from your friend John!
First of all, I want to thank you so much for your friendship and support and for keeping in touch! I just replied to the message you sent me yesterday.
Anyway, your question is very interesting. Do you know if that woman you just encountered at the pharmacy is a Christian? Anyway, I can definitely empathize with her! Everybody in my small immediate family except my Dad has had cancer. My Mom died of it in 1997, my sister was battling it a year before my Mom passed away, and I just had a successful battle with skin cancer. When my Mom and sister were afflicted, I was bitter towards God for allowing the two people in my life I love and care about the most suffer from horrible bouts of cancer. That's when I first, but not the last time, I suffered spiritual warfare. However, I did not get upset with God when I was diagnosed with melanoma a week before last Christmas. I think the reasons why were that it was much worse having two of my loved ones battle cancer instead of me. Plus, my cancer wasn't nearly as serious as what my Mom and sister had. After all, I'm cured of mine! Ten years ago I questioned whether or not God chooses to heal, although I knew He had the power to. However, prayers for my battle with skin cancer were answered! I think God allowed this to finally bring me closer to Him! That's one reason, along with my excellent new church, that I've become a strong Christian again!
Anyway, you asked about meetings. The day before my surgery last monrth at Mayo Clinic(70 miles south of where I live), my Dad and I had lunch at our hotel. A very friendly and talkative lady sat next to us and started chatting. She said if it weren't for Mayo, she'd be dead. She moved to Rochester in the late 70s for the clinic's outstanding health care. I would have guessed she was in her mid or late 40s.(I'm 40). Anyhow, she said she's battled two strokes, myriad other health problems, and was currently on a waiting list for an intestine transplant.She said she's a strong Christian and has never lost faith in God. She said,"I have seen heaven and it's beautiful." When she said that, I was reminiscing about my hard times and thinking about what she was saying. I'd say God brought her to me for encouragement before I had my surgery the next day! I was so inspired by what she said! I think that encounter is another factor that brought me back to God! Anyway, life is good for me again! I tend to categorize problems into 3 main categories-spiritual, physical, and emotional. Unfortunately, I have suffered from crises in all of these categories.Fortunately, I recently battled those serious problems successfully in those 3 areas!
God Bless you LeslieANN! You have been a major blessing to me! Love,John