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Just a Closer Walk
by Julia Ledell

As a kid I heard old hymns such as "Just a Closer Walk with God" and wondered about the meaning of the words in the music. In later years my sister, Judy, and my daughter, Sarah, would frequently visit my dad on the old farm place and then in an assisted living center. My dad died seven years ago, but before he died he told me to put everything on Jesus. At the time, I did not know for sure he was talking to me. But I had the feeling that he was talking directly to me and not my sister or daughter. The summer before I was diagnosed with cancer, I was visiting my uncle Burdett with my sister, Judy, and my daughter, Sarah. My uncle turned to me at some point during the visit, looked directly at me and told me to put everything on Jesus. Later that weekend, the minister in church talked about putting your trust in Jesus. This seemed to be added emphasis to the messages that I had heard earlier from my dad and uncle Burdett.

After the diagnosis was confirmed that I had multiple myeloma, I was at the post office in our local community. I was staring off in space thinking about what to do as a result of the diagnosis. A woman whom I did not know came up to me and said that she thought I needed a hug. I opened my arms and received her embrace. When the hug was over she offered to pray with me, right in the middle of the post office. Well, I received the prayer. I really do not know what she said, but I do know I felt better. I know that I was moved by the woman and felt inspired by her actions.

When I started chemotherapy and radiation, I often thought of the messages of my dad, uncle, and stranger at the post office. I prayed to Jesus daily for comfort and strength. I asked Jesus to show me the way. Although three years later I think about those early days in a haze of memory, I know that because of the spiritual message I was blessed. I had the "knowing" that I would make it through.

I have continued to receive hope from family, friends, and acquaintances. From my experience with cancer, I have learned how connected we all are in this world. The things we do each day make a difference not only for ourselves but for all who walk this earth.

Copyright 2008

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