Tuesday, May 6, 2014

God's love, cancer (Ephes. 3:14-21)

Cancer is such a frightening word.  We are still waiting for a cure.  Many people are struggling with this disease around the world.  As bloggers we lost a dear friend and blogger to cancer.  We've also been praying for Lisa, who has her last chemo treatment coming up.  This post is dedicated to Cancer patients, all those struggling with illness.  Lisa has taught us much about the disease.  Many things are hard to understand in this world.  Yet God has promised His love never fails.  I trust His Word.

We long to know about God's love.

"His love is higher than any mountain, higher than the moon and stars!"
© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

"His love is wider than the circumference of the earth!"
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"His love is deeper than all the oceans!"
© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

"These flowers are for you Lisa!"
"New Jersey is still the Garden State!"
...ok a little soggy.

© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.
According to Him, we are to die for:
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
(John 3:16-17 NKJV)

There's a lot we don't understand right now.  But we do know God loves us and all of this will make sense one day.  Until then, we will have faith.  Cancer is not a punishment, it's a disease.

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.
(Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV)

Ok so it's not just my eyes that makes this hard to read.  There's a default in the Blogger tool that makes text go small when we save.  Dunno why...

Dear Heavenly Father, 
I pray You will guide the doctors and scientists with wisdom.  You know everything because You are our Creator.  I pray You will help them know the cure for cancer.  Please give Lisa a big hug and bless JT's wife who lost her husband.  
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Here are some really great songs:

In My Arms by Plumb (link)

Your Love Oh Lord by Third Day (link)


  1. Thank you so much, Karen...These photos made me smile and laugh (scarecrow)!
    Someday it will all make sense...Funny, but I just typed out those same words to a friend who is having a hard time right now...It came back around to me...full circle!
    Love you..~Lisa~

  2. Awww I'm so glad Lisa : ) God bless! Love you!

  3. Beautiful post Karen! Lisa has taught us a lot about cancer and the struggles of one traveling the path.
    I love your photos, very pretty.

    I stand in agreement with you prayer and say amen!


  4. Thank you Child of God I appreciate it very much : )
    God bless!

  5. Hi Karen. Thank you for sharing the news about JT. I remember his blog quite well. I lift his wife up in prayer and also Lisa.
    It has been a while since visiting your blog as I was away for a while. Your pictures and what you wrote under them are awesome. Take care and God bless. Ken

  6. Thanks Ken! So glad you are back : ) I left a link to JT's blog on mine so I could go out and read it now and then. He had this relaxed, gentle tone of voice that always made a ton of sense. Such a great legacy to leave behind.

    God bless you!

  7. Hi Karen,
    I am your new follower. I am Poet Starry Dawn, a freelance writer, Christian mom,
    and grandmother of my 3 grandchildren. My dear family was born, and still live in New York.
    I love to read your blog posts. I am sure your words of wisdom touch people's lives.
    I would like to have your Email, if you wish to contact me, please.
    I am looking forward to talking to you soon.
    God may always bless you, Karen, and those you love.
    All the Best,
    Poet Starry Dawn.

  8. Hi Starry Dawn so glad to meet you : ) You can contact me by clicking the Contact link on the side of my blog- that's my e-mail address. Thanks for your comment. I look forward to getting to know you : ) God bless!