Creases lined my doctor's face
He took my hand in his
Gently speaking, words thundering, he said
“I'm sorry, you have cancer!'

Questions raced through my mind
Would I suffer with pain?
Would I lose my hair? Would I die?
Fear snapped like a vicious dog!

Later, at home, I hugged my Bible
A verse, Dear Lord, please give me a verse
”Second Timothy one seven,“ He said
I quickly found the page.

”For God has not given us the spirit of fear,
But of power, and of love,
And of a sound mind!“
POWER. . .LOVE. . .SOUND MIND!

Another verse quickly followed: Psalms 23:4a
”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.“
FOR THOU ART WITH ME!

I laughed! My great and powerful God was with me
I was not, and I will not, be alone
Nor will I allow fear to conquer me
FOR MY GOD IS WITH ME!

Donna J. Howard