Tenderly

This post was written  by Cindy Hamilton as she shares her breast cancer journey with our readers. Please pray and support her journey of healing.

The Lord is holy and kind.
Our God is full of tender love.

Psalm 116:5 NIRV

She was reclining; her legs stretched out, trying to find a comfortable position.  The lady had beautiful, short grey hair, which complimented her bright-colored sweater and perfectly applied make-up. She kept looking up at the bag dripping slowing into her IV.  Her husband, perched on a stool by her chair, tenderly held her hand and softly stroked her wrist with his thumb. As he held her hand as a young bride, he now lovingly caressed that same hand, assuring her, “Everything was going to be all right.”  She gently patted his hand and smiled.

This scenario plays itself over and over in the chemo room.  Anxious family members hover around trying to do something to make their loved one comfortable.  Drinks are brought in, blankets gently placed on outstretched legs, brown bags with sandwiches are opened; all offered with tenderness and compassion.

Last week, I noticed a family of three adult children sitting in the waiting room as their sweet mother walked behind the nurse pushing their elderly father in a wheelchair.  He was staring straight ahead, oblivious to the attention.  After he was settled, his wife walked back and forth, making sure that he was comfortable.  How many years has she loved and tenderly nurtured this man?

We are made in God’s own image.  As he lovingly nurtures and loves us, we too, nurture and love each other, never more so than when a loved one is sick or hurting.  Tenderness is defined as kind, sympathetic, and merciful—all traits that could be included as one of the fruits of the Spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22,23

Yes, God’s Spirit is definitely in that room, bringing out the best in the nurses, the patients, and the family members who brought them there.  Gently, He moves throughout the room, touching each person with His love as He tenderly looks through the eyes of his servants.  In Matthew 10:1, Jesus gives his disciples the power to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. (Msg)  That power is the same today as it was in the New Testament.  God’s healing and tender love is shared through a touch, a smile, and a small kindness.  Thank you, Lord, for your love.

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  1. Vicci Mauldin says

    Stephen did not make it far enough to have radiation and chemo treatements. He was not a candidate. Cancer had spread too far. But I understand the tenderness and kindness that the families have for their loved ones. A song keeps coming up in my spirit. I posted to my FB wall yesterday. It is sung by Frank Sinatra and the song is “Walk On.” Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone……. you’ll never walk alone.” Cindy, you are not alone. Jesus is right there with you as your make this journey to be healed of your disease. May the Lord also continue to comfort you and your family and meet all of the needs that you and your family have. In Jesus’ name, amen. Keep holding on Cindy to Jesus and His precious cross. I picture myself everyday at the bottom of the cross just holding on. Love you Cindy and thank you for sharing. You touch many hearts. :-) :-)

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