Over the past few months, I knew there were people that would want to know about my diagnosis but we’re simply absent from my daily circle of friends. And until yesterday, I think the last time I posted anything on Facebook was back in 2012. Well, I let the cat out of the bag and was humbled by the love and support that followed.
Much gratitude for the kind words that you shared even though it’s been years, decades even, since some of us have been together. Really appreciate the encouragement, prayers, music/video recommendations, and even support from those that have travelled on their own cancer journey. Thank you.
The power of our words to give life is much more than I had realized. Yours have been life-giving to me.
And, on the subject of our words, I’ve really enjoyed the works of Dallas Willard over the past few years. He has much to say about the social dimension of our lives and how our words, body language, attitudes, and actions hold the power of life and death. The quote below from one of his books highlights Jesus’ perspective that loving people and loving God cannot be separated.
“If someone says ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar,” John unapologetically said, for “the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). We only live as we should when we are in a right relationship to god and to other human beings—thus the two greatest commandments . .
. . Rejection, no matter how old one is, is a sword thrust to the soul that has literally killed many. Western culture is, largely unbeknown to itself, a culture of rejection. (Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart, 36)
I have felt rejection in life and subconsciously built up walls to distance myself from potential pain from others.
Tired now, to be continued …