"If you want your life to be a magnificent story,
begin by realizing that you are the author and every day
you have the opportunity to write a new page".
-- Mark Houlahan
Occasionally, I find myself wishing I could right every
wrong, win every battle, and prove every point. The feeling usually passes
as I accept whatever uncertainties life has to offer, yet, I am gladdened
to find that I can still "write my life" by choosing what attitude I face
the world with. I am very fortunate to have recently learned valuable
lessons about attitude from my parents and grandmother, as I watched how
they dealt with "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" in their
Something shocking happened in my family just a couple of years ago.
Doctors discovered that my grandmother had liver cancer. They performed a
biopsy and found cancerous cells in her liver. They took CAT scan images
which confirmed what the blood tests indicated -- she had liver cancer.
The doctors estimated she had less than a year to live. Since my
grandmother was in her 90's, she requested only pain medication, choosing
to forego radiation therapy and chemotherapy. She had seen many of her
friends suffer from those cancer treatments.
As she told us how grateful she felt for having lived such a wonderful
life, she prayed for the courage to face whatever came next. When my
grandmother was certain of her diagnosis and had a few weeks to prepare
herself emotionally for peoples' reactions, she told friends and family
that she had terminal liver cancer.
Immediately, most of the people who dearly love this precious woman began
to pray on her behalf. While her own prayers were simply for courage, other
people (myself included) were praying for her return to good health.
Within a few months, my grandmother's doctors were astonished to find that
her cancer was stabilizing. Several months after that, they were completely
at a loss to explain why they could no longer find any trace of cancer in
her body! When doctors told my grandmother that they had no explanation for
what had just happened, she assured them that she knew why her cancer was
gone -- it was because prayer works.
I am grateful to live in a time when scientific evidence is confirming the
effectiveness of distant healing. Spontaneous remissions of cancers,
tumors, and other apparently lethal medical conditions have long been known
to occur when people are prayed for -- and we are finally reaching a point
where these effects of prayer can be scientifically confirmed.
There was a time, not so long ago, when such stories were routinely
dismissed as mere "anecdotal evidence" of something inexplicable and
therefore unmentionable. If you want to read about these recent scientific
studies, please go the realityshifters.com home page and click on the Scientific Research Confirms Distant Healing article.
My (cancer-free!) grandmother was not feeling frisky enough to journey to
the Pacific Northwest this summer for a family reunion this year, but she
sent along her childhood memories that she'd written for my mother over a
period of several years. My sister painstakingly typed and bound the
manuscript, including photographs from the early 1900's. These simple,
personal stories of how each of my grandmother's family members faced
trials and tribulations made for fascinating reading, and inspired me to do
a better job of connecting with my relatives while we're all still
After the reunion was over, I drove with my parents to drop in on some
relatives -- with no advance warning. What impressed me most about this
experience was the way we were greeted with open arms and hearts everywhere
we went -- even when we met a complete stranger! I hope you'll read my
article Welcome Love about this experience in the September issue
of Planet Lightworker.
This article originally appeared in the August 2000 issue of
free monthly ezine.