A year later…

One year ago today I was diagnosed with cancer, and figured I would be dead soon.

But here I am one year later, alive, well, in remission, and well on the road to recovery.

It is very strange to live a day you didn’t think you’d get the chance to live. I can’t really explain it to the depth I feel it, but I’ll try to give a rough sketch. I got to spend today just how I wanted to, swimming in a pool and going down a waterslide with my kids, then snorkeling on a reef and seeing some spectacular fish, and making sand castles. It was a very good day.

But if I were only living for this world, I would be very sad today, because I know from facing death that all the things in this life come to an end. The illusion has been broken for me. And frankly today is a little bitter sweet because I want to keep experiencing these things, and hang on to the world just a little bit.

Hanging on to it just won’t work because this life is not all there is. There is an eternity beyond it, and through Jesus Christ I can have access to an eternal life that overcomes this temporal one because of His abundant grace which can reconcile the fact that I am a sinner full of shortcomings and failures.

So this is what today drives home the most for me. I’ve been given another year, and probably more. But I haven’t been given it just to go do whatever brings me the most pleasure, but to live for the eternity that is to come. My life doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to God who paid a ransom for it, the life of His own Son. A King’s ransom if ever there was one.

That is the great hope, opportunity, and great challenge that I’ve been given.

Today was a great day, but eternity will be even better.

Rich

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4 Responses to “A year later…”

  1. Mom and BRUCE Says:

    LOVE SO AMAZING…..Thank you GOD

  2. Jeff Gilman Says:

    Awesome, Rich! God is good and this ‘your’ day has brought me joy!

  3. Mary Rantanen Says:

    What a wonderful, exciting and fun day you had!!!!! I am so very happy for you! Obviously God is not finished with you yet!! Your little ones and wife still need you here, and everyone else around you, including me, need to hear about your love and devotion for God! I am certain you have touched many lives by sharing the ordeal you went through. I now also know what facing death is like and it puts everything into perspective real quick. I know God will heal my cancer too so I can go on and complete whatever it is that He wants me to do with my life while I remain on this planet. On the other hand I look forward to my final destination of heaven where there will be no more pain and suffering, and just pure joy and peace in the presence of God. I pray for you and your family often, and will continue to do so. God’s blessings over all of you always!

  4. Kathy Mohorter Says:

    Rich, your comments are so profound for someone so young. God has indeed given you and susan insight and faith beyound measure. bless you always! cousin Kathy

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