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Beautiful Valley Of Death

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Today I forgot my phone at home and groaned as I would be in chemo a few hours. So after I had a hissy fit to my chemo brain, I prayed I would have someone to TALK TO at chemo (which has never really happened much) to pass the time. I was going up the elevator when a frail lady in a wheel chair being pushed by her husband got on. I recognized them from the chemo room once before. She is older than I and lost a lot of weight since I last saw her. My heart was immediately zoned in to befriend her. I proceeded to push the 5th floor button and ask them their desired destination, and they said "5". I ask them if they were going to chemo and she said that she was not getting any more chemo, that it was over and she was going on hospice for pancreatic cancer. I suddenly felt blessed that I had HOPE for a cure of my cancer. Low and behold they sat me next to her and we did chit chat about God's knowing our days and when they would end until the nurse pulled the curtain between us. I often think those nurses don't want us to see each other if we plummet from the failure of chemo. I tried to read a magazine, but couldn't due to my blurred vision and short concentration ability. For the next 2 hours I heard many of the oncology staff come to her (while they gave her IV fluids) one by one and say "goodbye" and tell her what a JOY she was to them. Earlier when I asked her her name, she said , "Joyce! I got the JOY, JOY, JOY down in my heart!" I knew at that moment she knew MY Lord. I knew she knew where she was headed and I knew it too ! She filled me with JOY also, and I felt ashamed for the discouragement I let Satan plummet me into this past week. I found it interesting that when I asked the Lord to TALK to someone, He had me just LISTEN. There is a time to speak and a time to be still. This was the time to hear how this frail little women full of cancer demonstrated JOY in her valley of death. That is the JOY one has when they know the HOPE of eternal life that comes the moment we leave this body. Absent from the body is present with the Lord for the Believer in Jesus Christ! Amen! Won't you accept Him as your Savior today? JUST ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART and Be SAVED from Eternal HELL!

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Just finished reading your book again. I was recovering from a fractured hip when crystal Thomas gave it to me about 5 years ago. I didn’t know how to reach you. I wondered if I could reach you on the internet so here I am. A spell binding book excited to be a part of your life/book. I was 89 in April. I pray you are healthy. Love & prayers, Shirley Knipker.

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