There is a lot of cancer in my life lately. A childhood friend died of cancer this last summer. Another childhood friend is caring for her husband right now as he goes through chemo. One of my mission comps, her older brother just started treatments.
All of this cancer has not caused the reflection that you might expect. All this cancer has not made me think about the next life or where we go; rather my biggest frustration has to do with what to say to these people that I care about.
There seemed to be power behind the words, “I am praying for you.” It is a way of conveying to that person that you are legitimately concerned and are appealing to a higher power on their behalf. You are adding your faith and prayers to so many others and there is the hope and belief that perhaps if enough people are praying for something things may improve due to the added faith.
I find that I can no longer say that, “I am praying for you.” The closest I can come is to express my concern or say something along the lines, “You are in my thoughts.” This and similar comments just don’t feel like enough.
I think that action can show how you feel but when you are too far away to hug, help and serve what do you say?