Thursday we received Melissa’s post-surgical pathology report. Monday’s surgery had come after four long months of chemotherapy. We we were informed that the cancerous tumor removed from her breast was tiny, the margins around it were clear and the removed lymph nodes were clear as well. Melissa is not yet through this journey but she is cancer free! It was the best possible news we could have received at this point. The absolute best!
We rejoice in this good news and give all glory to God! It is always wonderful when your prayers are answered as requested. We are also deeply grateful for the excellent medical care she has received throughout this process and the many signs of love and support we have received from you all.
Even as my spirit soared and my heart cried, “God is Good!” upon receiving the news, Melissa was quick to remind me that this welcomed news is not what makes God good. God was also good when she received the shattering original diagnosis, through every difficult side effect of chemo, through the hair loss, through the port collapse and through last week’s news that the Chemo “had not gotten it all.” God is good because that is who God is, not because our news is good or bad.
I was reminded in that moment, that had that phone call from the doctor not contained such good news, it would have no impact on the immutable character of our holy God. God’s promises would still be true, His grace sufficient and Melissa and I would continue to cherish our time together, rejoice in our trials and serve him with joy.
That all being said, today is a new day. A day to celebrate a future and a hope. A day to breathe.
Most of all, it is a day to remember that God is Good!
Always has been.
Always will be.
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
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