By: La Donna Chase

Read La Donna's previous article for perspective on her battle with Parkinson's.

I must admit, this one is a tough one for me.
Are we to thank God for cancer, whether in you or a loved one? Thank Him for ALS, dementia, Parkinsons? The list goes on and on. Even the Apostle Paul repeatedly asked God to remove the thorn in his side “but He said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’” 2 Cor. 9a. Romans 5:3-4 says “…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Maybe that’s it. Maybe we can rejoice by thanking God for giving us more quiet time, for bringing us closer to our spouse, for celebrating the small victories. I know that I am able to do this. Romans 8:28 reminds us “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to His purpose.” God is with us through all our journeys, even the journeys we would rather not be on. “What I do today is very important because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.” (Guideposts reader Lynn Ramthun).

Thank you Dear Lord for this day and all the wonderful possibilities it holds. Amen.

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