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June/July - Pastor's Message

posted Jun 20, 2014, 7:14 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Jun 20, 2014, 7:15 PM ]
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."   (Philippians 4:6-7)

Last week I mentioned to Ron that it has been a year since the first tumor was discovered leading to a diagnosis of carcinoid cancer in mid-June 2013. The first few months after the diagnosis were a roller coaster.  Even though as time passed and I saw more specialized doctors, and the future didn't seem quite so bleak, still there was a heaviness of heart and mind, a feeling that there was another shoe just waiting to drop.

In September last year some friends wanted to join in prayer for me, so I flew to California where they and other prayer warriors placed their hands on my head and prayed -- some prayed in English and one prayed in what Scripture calls "glossolalia", or tongues.  That night when we (my friend Pastor Kristi went with me to this prayer session in California) were sitting at the airport in LA waiting to fly home I mentioned to Kristi that I felt "normal" in my mind for the first time since the diagnosis.  I had a deeper peace; the dark cloud that had been following me around disappeared.  Kristi said, "Of course you have that deep peace; that is what was prayed for you."  It just so happens that the woman who I heard praying in tongues was the one who prayed that I would be flooded with God's deep, abiding peace -- Kristi had understood the special prayer language which made it a bonus to have her along.

For the last year I have been covered in prayer, and it has brought me both healing and peace.  As I read the Apostle Paul's words -- "Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" -- I was reminded that God has already done so much for me, and is still working in my body, mind and spirit.  I am so thankful for the prayers of so many faithful people -- people who believe that when Jesus instructed his disciples (and us, these many generations later) to ask, knock and seek, and to be persistent in praying for help and healing, he meant what he said!  Also as I think about the past year I can't stop thanking the Lord!

James wrote, "Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you."  A diagnosis or some other bad news will often push us away from or toward God.  But drawing close to God -- desiring his constant presence and being brought before his throne of mercy by others through their prayers -- results in a peace beyond what I could ever have imagined a year ago.  And that's what I told Ron last week: I am so thankful for the Lord's presence and peace that passes all understanding.  

I don't want this cancer diagnosis to be a big front and center issue at church -- that would be pointing to the wrong person and a distraction from the Lord Jesus and all his promises.  But I do want you to know that a year out I still feel good, and the vitality I feel is an answer to so many prayers.  Mostly, I wanted to write about it this month because I want to publicly thank God for keeping his word, for filling me with his peace and healing!!  

In early July I will return to Mayo for scans so I ask for your continued prayers.  You are always welcome to ask me about my health and I will gladly answer any questions you might have.  Again, I thank you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for your love and prayers this last year. The Lord has been answering them.  It is my prayer that you see how great and faithful God is, and that your faith and trust in our Lord grows deeper and deeper!

love In Christ, 
Pastor Lori Hoyum