Hopetober 2016 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

hopetober-2016-sm-canstock16388249My favorite announcements are those made up of autumn’s foliage. One quick read broadcasts in vibrant ‘Printer’s Ink’ that October has arrived!

It’s enough to cause sensory overload.

So does yet another email from a dear friend half a globe away telling me she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Surgery is scheduled for next week with a rigorous treatment course to follow.

Every year I write this annual Breast Cancer Awareness post, I’m supplied with fresh names to whom I dedicate my heart, prayers and support – near or far. I care for them too much not to care. Deeply. At the same time, the annual adding of more names to this not so auspicious list is getting ridiculous.

I say that with love because… well,

Can I be honest? I really, really, really dislike cancer. The treatment protocols – any of them – are not lightly danced through. For the one whose feet have been set on a journey through breast cancer-land, the only things dancing in this season are those gorgeous autumn leaves reminding us that hope and Hopetober Reigns. Still.

The spirit may be willing to dance but the flesh of this ‘body in a battle’ is weak. My favorite Rx to dispense is a nap. The more the better. God knew what He was doing when He invented sleep.

I know I am not the only one who has friends, family members, other loved ones or acquaintances who have been afflicted with breast cancer (or its female relatives) this past year. And the year isn’t over yet.

For those who have traveled this path; for those who have not but are rich in hope – will you join me on behalf of those in the journey and their families in being

joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer

May the Lord keep you safe beneath His healing wings through this season upon you, Kathi. Praying for you and the many others my readers know who are walking this journey even now.*

And praising Him for those He has brought through in 2016!

~ Nancy  

*As always, you are invited and encouraged to post a comment with the name of those you hold dear who have been diagnosed with, survived or succumbed to breast cancer this past year. Thank you ♥

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  1. Thanks for this lovely reminder of Hopetober which works just as well here in the southern hemisphere where I rest under his healing wings! Thank you for your prayerful encouraging words.

    A favorite scripture of mine is Romans 15:13, speaks well for Hopetober too: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. so, I CAN overflow with hope, trusting my wonderful creator redeemer God who fights battles on my behalf! His presence to my situation brings joy and peace!

    • Dearest Kathi ~ you are a beautiful, faithful carrier and purveyor of Hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. I KNOW the Lord is with you, always and every step, every day of this journey. There truly can be joy in the journey and His joy is your strength. Much love to you ~ may peace flow like a river throughout your days. And take naps 🙂 Nanc

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