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July 14, 2008

Tony Snow's Amazing Grace

Tony Snow on the blessing of finding out you have cancer:

The mere thought of dying can send adrenaline flooding through your system. A dizzy, unfocused panic seizes you. Your heart thumps; your head swims. You think of nothingness and swoon. You fear partings; you worry about the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere.

To regain footing, remember that we were born not into death, but into life—and that the journey continues after we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, but that faith is nourished by a conviction that stirs even within many nonbelieving hearts—an intuition that the gift of life, once given, cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight with their might, main, and faith to live — fully, richly, exuberantly—no matter how their days may be numbered.

... God relishes surprise. We want lives of simple, predictable ease — smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see—but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension—and yet don't. By his love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise.

Read it. Read it all.

Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Thanks to Carrie, and a certain Colorado Cat who shall remain nameless.

Posted by Cassandra at July 14, 2008 06:54 PM

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"Thanks to Carrie, and a certain Colorado Cat who shall remain nameless."

I know said Colorado Cat; we've had Thai food when I was out there a couple of times.

Posted by: camojack at July 16, 2008 03:55 AM

I know :)

I was so pleased to hear that you had gotten out there to meet her. I am jealous.

I am always amazed when I stop to tally up how many of the old crew are still around. I probably wouldn't be here if it weren't for you guys.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 16, 2008 04:00 AM

I need to give her a call - we haven't talked for too long, camo. We were just emailing about that.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 16, 2008 04:01 AM

Coincidentally, just the other day I was thinking that it's been awhile since you and I spoke together, too.

Posted by: camojack at July 17, 2008 01:20 AM