Cancer All Around…But God!

It’s a difficult – but important – story to tell. An older guy with 4 children, Randy was married to a wonderful godly woman. But she passed away from cancer just before Christmas. Then he lost his daughter on Christmas Day.

Sober many years, Randy felt totally hopeless and went on a binge. It ended when he arrived at Helping Up Mission and our 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program.

Trying to regroup his life these past 2 months, he was ready to try reconnecting with his other children. Then last week Randy, himself, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Doctors said surgery wouldn’t help.

Randy was overwhelmed by hopelessness again. But at HUM was a guy he’d known for years and they reconnected. Others – young and old – also helped him cope…just one day at a time.

He’s been trying to see God at work, but really struggled. Then the Boston Red Sox came to town last week!

Randy’s from Boston and went to a game. In the stands, he sat next to a nurse who regularly comes from Boston in conjunction with a local hospital. Randy’s wife was a nurse in that hospital and worked in the same field as this nurse from Boston…

…Well, she had met Randy’s wife! It was an amazing moment. He’s dying from cancer, just lost his wife to cancer and can’t think of a good reason to keep it together.

Then God orchestrates this meeting as if to remind Randy of what is important. He knows what his wife would want him to do today.

It appears Randy’s found some supernatural empowerment to go on – in the midst of all his chaos. There is a God and He’s at work here in downtown Baltimore!

Only One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director