September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You may have seen some of the MLB players wearing yellow/gold ribbons this month. Out of all the money set aside for cancer research, only 4% of that goes to kids cancer research, unless it’s part of a fundraiser going specifically to it. So it’s a great thing that people are paying more attention to it.
We are God’s children and he has us in his hands. When someone we know gets really sick and battles something like cancer, it’s hard to think that God is in control, but he is. God uses every situation to bring his glory, even in suffering. When we go through those moments, it’s important to remember that we can’t do anything without God helping us. He is our source of faith, strength, wisdom, patience, kindness–all the things we try and do on our own. We need to admit to him that we can’t do it, and He will help.
Always be filled with joy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be filled with joy. 5 Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. 7 And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.
Philippians 4:4-7 (ERV)
Dear Lord, I keep trying to do all these things on my own, but I need you to help me. Give me faith, give me strength, give me the ability to be kind. Amen.