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Lenten Devotional – Day 24 – Happy Birthday?

Scripture: John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

On my 48th birthday cancer entered my world to steal, kill, and destroy my life. There were many days, weeks, and months of stress, worry, and uncertainty leading up to my surgery and for several months of chemo which followed. It could have been the worst time of my life.

However, it became an amazing blessing in disguise. People I barely knew contacted me to share how much I meant to them. They thanked me for things I had said or done which helped them… most of which I didn’t recall. I got to hear my funeral eulogies without having to die!

But the greatest blessing of all was the wake-up call from God to live my life, however long that may be, in all its fullness. I had been squandering my life on trivialities… not paying attention to what really mattered. I have lived more fully in the 26 years after my diagnosis than I ever did in the 48 years before.

Life is good!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for blessings in disguise and for the joy of living my life to the fullest. Amen.

– Susie Brack – South Hill, Virginia

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