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Editorial: Cancer stinks, but heaven awaits


‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

Cancer stinks. It really, really stinks.

As we go to press with the July issue of The Christian Chronicle, we are grieving the losses of precious loved ones snatched from this earth by that terrible disease.

Jeff and Laura Jenkins with their grandchildren.

Jeff and Laura Jenkins with their grandchildren.

We join thousands across the U.S. in mourning Laura Jenkins, 57, wife of Jeff Jenkins, preaching minister for the Lewisville Church of Christ in Texas.

Besides her husband, survivors include two children and three grandchildren.

We join the family of our own Tonya Patton, the Chronicle’s advertising manager, in mourning her sister-in-law Sherly Scott, 51, of Pearland Texas. 

Survivors include her husband, Cris, and nine children.

We want to curse. We want to scream. We want to yell at God and demand that he intervene.

But dear Lord, please give us the faith and the strength to trust you during difficult times such as these.

“This morning I awakened (around 4:30) to the heartbreaking reality that the beautiful woman who I was blessed to wake up beside for nearly 38 years will never wake up beside me again in this life,” Jeff Jenkins wrote on the day after his wife’s June 20 death. 

“When you have a rock-solid faith and an amazing church family, navigating this phase is easier. Not without tears or heartache, but God’s peace truly does transcend all understanding.”

“Then I remembered to praise God because my precious sweetheart went to sleep Wednesday night here, but she woke up Thursday morning in heaven,” the Texas minister added. “Not only did she wake up to see the face of our Lord but perhaps also to see our son, my parents, our grandparents and many others we have loved in this life.”

Patton, our colleague, told us in a text after her loved one’s June 18 death: “When you have a rock-solid faith and an amazing church family, navigating this phase is easier. Not without tears or heartache, but God’s peace truly does transcend all understanding.”

Cancer stinks, but God reigns. In the end, the devil loses.

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

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