(Sandy Simonson is the Parish Admin. at Holy Trinity and is embarking upon a battle with cancer. Today, she shares how God’s Light shines into that which would be darkness.)
Several months ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the days that followed I had time to be alone and to think through how I wanted to live through the treatments and to come out of the process stronger and closer to God.
Because I work in a church it was imperative to let the congregation know what was happening to me. So I wrote letter and sent it to the members and friends of my congregation. It was then that I knew God was surrounding me with angels. And these are not only the angels from heaven but the angels that walk this journey with me here on earth. They are my family who has been there for me, helping me, taking care of me, and loving me. They are my church family, who after they got my letter, have volunteered to take on many of my duties here at church to help me. They are in every card I receive. My mailbox has never been so full. Each card is filled with a personal written message, which I will always treasure. They are in the prayers that are sent to God every day on my behalf. They are in the quilt that members of the congregation signed and wrote messages on. They are in the love I feel every day as people ask how I am. They are in the doctors and nurses who do an awesome job.
As I go through chemo and then surgery, I know that I will continue to be surrounded with love, support, prayers, and help from all the angels in my life. I have never felt alone or afraid. I know that I am being watched over. I know that I have peace, love, joy and hope as I thank God for surrounding me with heavenly angels and earthly angels.
-Sandy Simonson (Parish Administrator at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Elgin, IL)