More than likely many reading this will have been impacted by the diagnosis of “breast cancer” in some way — whether it be first hand, or through the experience of a loved one in your world.
Personally, I will never forget receiving the frantic phone call from my dear friend in the United States after she had been dealt the news. Yet, amid the shock and disbelief of her situation, we all managed to find our bearings and the stillness needed to begin the journey of treatment, and in her case recovery. I realise that recovery is not everyone’s story and you have my heartfelt sympathy if you have lost someone to the battle. However this blog is not intended to walk you down a difficult path of remembrance, it is instead purposed to help us all stand with thousands in the battle and encourage them with hope, faith and love that they are not alone. As a global (Hillsong and Colour) Sisterhood we want to stand with you in prayer and encouragement.
The month of October is flagged for Breast Cancer Awareness. Multitudes who care will adorn all manner of PINK. They’ll walk … they’ll host parties and events … they’ll mix (as only girls can) the lunacy and laughter of “breasts and boobs and mammograms” with sorrow and empathy for friends and sisters … and they’ll advocate for early detection, treatment and care.
As a local Hillsong Church Sisterhood this fight for health and recovery is important, so each October we set aside a morning to focus and stand with our sisters. It looks different each year, but there are always stories of hope and there is always faith in the room for Heaven to orchestrate the miraculous. Statistics are rarely encouraging on this note, but the reality that 2 million women worldwide are affected is reason enough to gather and rally.
You are welcome to join us (across our many Australian Sisterhood locations), or be encouraged to gather your own friends and make a stand together. We’re grateful for the organisations who champion awareness; for those who labour in research development; and for those who are in the trenches with those suffering. Together we can unite and bring hope.
Psalm 23 is beautiful. Allow it to strengthen you today if you’re in a battle for your health, whether breast cancer or any other diagnosis.
“Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.”
Psalm 23:4 TPT
God bless you.