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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Making it Count

Two weeks ago my aunt received a dreaded diagnosis: she has cancer. As I post this, she is not feeling well at all and is hospitalized as they determine her treatment.

Whatever the outcome of the tests and treatment, she is now suffering.

As I've been praying for her, I sought out John Piper's article "Don't Waste Your Cancer" to help me pray. Have you read this short ten-point article?

An excerpt:
The design of God in your cancer is not to train you in the rationalistic, human calculation of odds. The world gets comfort from their odds. Not Christians. Some count their chariots (percentages of survival) and some count their horses (side effects of treatment), but we trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7). God’s design is clear from 2 Corinthians 1:9, “We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” The aim of God in your cancer (among a thousand other good things) is to knock props out from under our hearts so that we rely utterly on him.
Read the whole thing here.

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