God bless you.
Few things teach us the priceless value of life better than sickness and death.
Ever since doctors diagnosed me three months ago with suffering from life-threatening brain cancer, prostate cancer and end-stage congestive heart failure, I have been greatly inspired to appreciate the fact I'm still alive and being healed while so many others are playing life cheap with murder and suicide.
It reminds me of that wise saying that, in substance, says it's a shame that youth is wasted on young people.
Life is good.
Love is good.
Why aren't young people loving more so that they can live longer and better?
Indeed, we older peopl were equally guilty in our youth. Misguided by poverty, ignorance, immaturity, gangs, guns, substance abuse or hopelessness, we also ignorantly wasted many opportunities and made bad decisions that set us back.
If we had known then what we know now ,and exercised that wisdom responsibly, we would have had more money, better health, better security and more to look forward to today.
So when I view my solo suffering against the backdrop of our society's seething savagery, it moves me to echo those ol' top-hit Marvin Gaye lyrics: "What's goin' on?....Makes me wanna holler....throw up my hands."
Here I am fighting for my life while so many others are throwing their lives away or are violently
taking the lives of their fellowmen and women. This has been painfully illustrated on the Sun-Times'
recent riveting four-part series chronicling "59 hours of violence between April 18 and April 20" when 40
people were shot, seven fatally, in the Chicago area.
I love life because I love love and I want to live. My life is also predicated on my faith that Jesus
came that we might have life and that more abundantly. I see my doctors--Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Dr.
James Flaherty, Dr. Brian Moran, Dr. Allen Anderson, Dr. Jeffrey Trunsky, Dr. Kenneth Cline, Dr. Glenn
Gerber--as God's instruments toward abundant life. I go to them to do their best. Then I trust God for
A primary ingredient of my "healing in progress' is the prayerful encouragement and
empowerment that I am receiving from readers, relatives, friends and fellow Christians. People I have
inspired through my writing and preaching now turn toward me to return the favor. And this kind
of synergy and communal energy represent America at its best. We caring people are the core of our
nation's greatest strength and hope.
While my health is not yet at its very best again, my sensitivity toward the suffering of others is
higher than it's ever been. If I were well, I might take that great health for granted. But my greatest
pains right now come from seeing others suffer greater loss and pain from storms, violence, more
serious disease, corporate greed, political corruption, environmental crimes and epidemic societal
My sickness and ongoing healing thus have put me in closer touch with suffering people and all
this is making a better preacher, a better husband, father, reporter and human being out of me.
God bless you.