As you have probably seen on Facebook, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Those of us affected by this monster try to find different ways raise awareness, increase federal funding, and just tell our story. Sometimes hurting parents and family members share memories of the brave ones who fought hard and won by reaching Heavens gates earlier that anyone ever expected.
About a year ago, I started scratching some thoughts down on paper that expressed some of the deepest feelings that I went through in those few years of Charlies cancer journey. It was a time of intense anxiety, lonliness, and heartbreak. Yet it was also a time of peace, comfort and healing.
Since those days, I have come to realize that pain is pain. Even if childhood cancer has never darkened the door of your home, if you are like most people I have met, you probably have experienced times of worry, anxiety, loneliness, heartbreak, been misunderstood, felt low self worth, and through it all have questioned…Where are you, God??!
Maybe today the message of this song will bring you Hope. Its a powerful force. It can steady shaking hands, it can calm a racing heart, and it can dry tears. Never listen to the lies that say you are alone. You are not.
You may not always “see” God in the events of a day, but never doubt…..He is there.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1
This a rough mix of the song inspired by sweet Charlie, her courage and her God! Final mix will be available for download in a few weeks.