My dad, with granddaughters Kristen and Megan and great grand Lena!
You have visited the bodies of my friends and family on several occasions in your many ugly forms.
Bone cancer. Breast cancer. Prostate cancer. Leukemia. You have caused hair loss, nausea, fear and longing for better days. You have brought about destruction, pain and death. You come and go, creating havoc in the minds and bodies of so many loved ones in so many families.
But guess what? Fred Duerson, is not afraid of you. It’s true you have invaded his body. But you will not get the victory over his mind.
You see, my father is a man of great faith and discernment. He will listen to the oncologists, radiologists, neurologists, pulmonary doctors and whoever else enters his life during this season. He will hear their prognosis and will begin a treatment plan prompted by your existence. Yet my father, mother, siblings, family, friends and I will continue to speak life into this situation. We will touch and agree that whatever God’s will for his life, it will be done.
Yes there will be tears, fears and uncertain times. But they won’t last because his faith and our faith is deeply rooted in the word of God, specifically Psalm 27, one of my father’s favorite scriptures. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is my stronghold, of whom shall I be afraid?”
Let me tell you a few things about this man we call husband, father, Paw Paw, Uncle Fred and friend. He is loved because of the encouragement, faith and compassion he exhibits daily to family, friends and strangers. He knows that when God is in it, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.
He is a husband of 57 years, a father, a grandfather and great-grandfather who has lived a life of faith and purpose. He is a Marine, a deacon, an uncle, a brother-in-law, a father-in-law and friend to many. His wife is just as strong as he. Trust and trust and believe, you don’t want to be on bad side.
You can attempt to crush his body but you won’t conquer his spirit.
So, give it your best shot, cancer. Everything will be new again in the morning.