He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and it is often difficult to navigate through the sea of questions and uncertainties that arise. If you are part of our church community at North Park, we encourage you to take the following steps as you walk through this difficult season in your life:
Ask for prayer. We do not always understand why we experience painful seasons like this, and the question of human suffering is complex. But we know that in the midst of our suffering, God instructs us to cry out to him, and calls us to pray for each other. We strongly believe that he hears our prayers, and will actively respond, bringing strength, comfort, peace, and hope to sustain us through the challenges we are faced with. So reach out, invite some trusted people in your life to pray, and let them know your needs. You can also follow this prayer link to find out other ways that you can receive prayer at North Park.
Connect with a Pastor. A cancer diagnosis is one of many life circumstances that can sometimes bring forward conflicting emotions and challenging questions that may deeply impact your relationship with God. At North Park, we offer visitation, short term pastoral counselling support, and referrals to professional counsellors, in order to provide support as you work through the difficult emotions and hard questions that cancer can bring. Call our main office (519-457-1400) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a member of our pastoral staff.
Attend our Cancer Care Support Group (see details below). This group will offer you a safe and comforting place to talk about what you are going through, and provide an opportunity to receive support, prayer, and encouragement. (This group is open to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, whether or not they attend North Park).
Cancer Care Support Group
Throughout the year, our Cancer Care ministry team will also be hosting a few events to offer an opportunity to gather together with others whose lives have been touched by cancer. These evenings will provide an opportunity to receive prayer, and to find hope and encouragement in the stories of those who have been through it. Details will be posted online and in the bulletin as they become available.
If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering in this care ministry area, email email@example.com.
Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Families – William A. Fintel & Gerald R. McCermott
A Reason for Hope: Gaining Strength for Your Fight Against Cancer – Michael S. Barry