DAY 19 - MEEKNESS
When you were diagnosed with cancer, you have to think about your management and treatment, especially after the initial shock, denial and other emotions you have to go through in order to survive. You have to consult your attending physician. You have to seek advice from your family. Sometimes, you have to listen to the suggestions of well-meaning relatives and friends. However, it takes humility to open your heart and mind and uncover your ears to listen to God's message for you in order to be healed. Your attending physician will explain your test results, how he came up with the right diagnosis, and discuss your treatment options based on your staging and/or grading. Your family will give you moral and financial support. Some of your relatives and friends will speak their mind as to what they think is best for you. Your job is to weigh the pros and cons, choose the lesser evil, and minimize error of judgment. This is the time to surrender to God's will. Ask for the intercession of Mama Mary. Seek guidance from the Holy Spirit so that whatever you decide will bring you full recovery and remission to spend more time with your family, fulfill your sacred mission and love God and your neighbor as yourself. There may be complications from surgery like pain, swelling, side effects from chemotherapy and radiotherapy but some of them are only temporary. Seek help so that you can cope with some if not all of them.
Being meek is not allowing others to dictate your actions. Being meek is being humble enough to listen to the opinion of others and then you decide for yourself. But ask guidance from the Holy Spirit to enlighten you as to what is the best option for you. Entrust to the Immaculate Mother, your body and soul, your goods, both interior and exterior, and the value of all your good works because She brings you closer to Her son, Jesus. You may experience suffering from the choices that you make because of the complications and side effects of treatment but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens and heals.
From 2 Kings 5:10,14: "The prophet sent him the message: 'Go and wash seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will heal, and you will be clean...So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."
Father God, I worship You for You are my Healer. You are the Great Physician. I beseech You to make me meek in body, mind and soul to trust the people you send my way to help me in my journey to heal my disease. I give my doctors the space for I need them too. It was You who established their profession. Grant them the wisdom to arrive at a correct diagnosis and give them the skills to do no harm. May their treatment bring about a cure. Whatever the outcome, I will not stop praising You and thanking You because You also sent us Mama Mary to intercede for me as well as the Holy Spirit to guide me in my quest for healing. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Write your treatment options. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of each option and pray to help you decide what will work best for you today.