This is Life

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Well. I am back in chemo again.

Back where I was a year ago.

Same place.

But this room has no floor to ceiling windows overlooking the swan pond. No, this room is tiny. crowded between the pharmacy and the restroom.

Everyone is busy and they tell me that even though it’s three o’clock, some of the nurses have not yet had their lunches.

And so I sit. For the first time on this chemo journey, I did not have my “support person.” Kelli is not allowed to sit with me through my treatment because of Covid 19.

I am ok, but I feel for the older gentleman who stood in the lobby and said loudly, “I’m going in with my wife and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Not sure how far he got, but he was sad.

But then I think about the support person I do have – the Holy Spirit.

He is always here for me.

He doesn’t have to have a temperature check.

He doesn’t hurry down the hall to get me a snack.

He doesn’t have to check the doses on my infusion bags.

He never leaves.

He’s here for to give me comfort.

Doesn’t matter how busy the staff is.


I don’t know what you’re doing today.

I pray it isn’t chemo because there is a lot more fun things you could be doing.

Maybe you’re trying to figure out your child’s school for next year.

Or the logistics of a job where you have lost still more hours.

Or taking your child to the orthodontist.

Or trying to figure out how to squeeze in a visit to an elderly parent.

Whatever it is – your support person is there. Nothing gets in His way – not face masks. Not politics. Not hospital rules. Not chemo. He is ALWAYS there.

Don’t forget that.

John 14:16-18 – And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for He lives with you and will be in you.


  1. Linda, thank you for the update. We will be praying for you. I pray that this chemo would be a match to fight this cancer and that God might use you to help those who don’t have the Holy Spirit as their comforter.


  2. Hi there friend! I will continue to pray for you all along the way. Your words of peace and comfort are soothing to each person who enters your treatment room, sits in the waiting room with you or listens to your heart.


  3. No words. I can’t imagine. Apparently such experiences are integral to the formation of a saint. Any/all suffering will fade in comparison with the joy ahead. Meanwhile…


  4. Linda, I’m praying for you to have continued strength and that this is some awesome kick-butt chemo. You are so inspiring!


  5. Linda, so true. Thankful for the Holy Spirit. But something else you can’t see, but hopefully feel. The love of hundreds of friends, who are sending up prayers to the Heavenly Throne with your name attached. We love you Sweet Sister.


  6. Praying for you.
    I will do a quote from Nancy Guthrie’s book “One year of Hope”
    Page 27
    When troubles come it’s easy to wonder if something happened to our secure place in God’s family. But if we listen we will hear God’s Spirit within us whisper ”You are mine, I bought you with a price, and you are precious to Me. No one and nothing can snatch you from my hand. Rather than lingering far away, God comes near, even inside us reminding us we are His.”
    Psm 116:15; John 10:28; 1 Cor 6:20
    Hope you have a phone to look these up. Carol ❤️🙏😢❤️🙏


  7. I pray for you every day…for strength, help and comfort. Know BEYOND ANY DOUBT that our Heavenly Father is holding you up. He promised He would…and He keeps His promises.


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