A beautiful post from over at The Voice: a Christian cancer blog here...
Recently I was contacted by Sean, a son who watched his mom travel the cancer road and lost her earthly battle but is forever in Eternity with her Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus. In reading his story, his mom’s cancer and her faith brought an understanding and desire for his need and relationship with Christ.
In his love for his mother and inspired by her pilgrimage, he wrote a song for her and all others who share the common bond of cancer. Music is comforting and therapeutic, calming the unpredictable storm; the ups and downs, the unknowns and uncertainities, the victories and set backs. I know because music was one of my anchors during my journey.
Sean sent me a link to his song, “Deliver Me”, and his authenticity and humility are felt in the words. I asked him to share with us his mom’s journey and how she inspired him. Please enjoy and find the peace you may be looking for in this song of comfort.
My mother Aurora was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) in the spring of 2004. She was an extremely strong and driven woman – wife and mother of two (my older sister and I), executive in the workplace, social butterfly, and active in the community. The thing that stood out to me most about her though, especially in the last two years of her life, was the amount of love and devotion she had for God.
That reliance on God carried her through the remaining 20 months of her life on earth. Suffering through 2 different major brain surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, strict dieting, and a whole slew of other treatment processes that are too numerous to count; she remained steadfast in her faith. While her body deteriorated, her relationship with God increased. Though we prayed for her miraculous healing, we knew ultimately that the decision was in God’s hands, and that His plans are greater than ours.
Read the rest of Sean's letter from The Voice: a Christian cancer blog here...
I wrote this original Christian song in dedication to my Mom, Aurora, who passed away from cancer in 2005 and is now with the Lord. It's also dedicated to my friend Kristi, who is currently battling cancer and is fighting the good fight! Both of these women have been an inspiration to me and many others based on their steadfast faith and joy in the Lord, despite their situations. They have absolute victory in Christ, who delivers us from any temporary situation we may face here on earth, by giving us eternity with Him in exchange. Despite what challenges we may be going through, our God is greater!
The chorus of this song came to me while my Mom was in her last months, but at that time I wasn't writing music so I didn't have any urge to make an actual song out of it. I wrote it down because it became a reminder to me that we can rely on Jesus during our toughest times. The rest of the words came to me while praying for Kristi earlier this year.
Though their types of cancers and their overall journeys are very unique and different, the biggest resemblance I've been able to witness between them is their unwavering faith and trust in the Lord. It became the first full worship song I've written, and now there's no turning back!
I pray that this song will provide encouragement for any Christian brothers and sisters currently struggling through seemingly dire situations. And for those of you who don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior yet, I'm here to tell you that He offers the exact same gift to you!
"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2