A dear friend of mine, Karen Newman, passed today after a lengthy battle with cancer. She left behind a legacy that will remain for generations to come. There was one point in the battle where she was declared “cancer-free” and we all rejoiced with her. Our rejoicing was short-lived as Karen’s battle with cancer was not over and it returned with a vengeance.
I believe in the power of prayer for I have personally witnessed Jesus’ healing miracles on several occasions, many of which involved people healed of cancer. While we all held out hope for a miracle, today we had to say good-bye to a woman who never had anything but praise on her lips. As a firm believer in miracles, I can testify to the fact that there is something more powerful than even a miracle—love.
My friend, Karen, wrote a book about her struggle with both an eating disorder and cancer, called Just Three Words. While the three words in her book referred to the words, “Karen, it’s cancer,” I believe they could just as easily have been the three most important words in the world, “I love you.” Life is both fragile and uncertain. In our world we tend say “talk is cheap,” but these three words never will be.
I am married to a wonderful man who always has these words on his lips and they have brought much healing to my soul. Having grown up in a family where it was just “assumed” that we loved each other, I have learned much from him. I now say those three words to my children, to my mother, to my sister, and to my friends. When we say those three little words, they are a fountain of healing for others.
It is not just our actions, but also our words which bring healing to broken hearts. Whatever this thing called love is, we all need it. Won’t you take the time to say, “I love you” today?
by Dr. Sherri Falco