Life brings reminders that prayers are both needed and heard

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By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer


It’s been one of those months where I really, really needed to hear some good news. Today as I prepared to write this column all that kept coming to me were the challenges I have been facing the last few weeks. Quite frankly I am tired of thinking about them and I surely don’t want to write about them.

So looking for a little inspiration, I checked Facebook.

I didn’t have to look far.

My best friend who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in July just one day before her 29th birthday, gave me the best news possible—an answered prayer.

Her status update on Tuesday morning read: “Hey guess what??? I KICKED CANCER’S ASS TODAY! It’s official...I am in remission:) (tears of joy) Mom, Dad & I did our happy dance and yelled so loud the whole center smiled.”

I nearly leapt from my desk chair with excitement. All morning I had been waiting anxiously to hear from her. I am ecstatic.

Why I still question God as to why he would allow such a horrible disease to challenge her life, it is just the answered prayer I needed to keep me going.

And I know it’s exactly what she needed to hear.

I know there is a bigger picture, a master plan for each of our lives. Sometimes it can feel like the day-to-day weight of life can be too much, but I believe we are never given more than we can handle.

In the grand scheme of things, the last few weeks probably aren’t the worst I will ever face or have faced, but I was in need of a reminder that my prayers are being heard. Throughout the last six months, my friend has kept her spirits up by believing this day would come. She found inspiration in the Florence and the Machine lyrics, “And the only solution was to stand and fight...It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back so shake him off. It’s always darkest before the dawn...so shake it off.”

Her courageousness to stand and fight inspires me to stand up and shake it off. Before the week is over, she will be here in Brunswick County and together the two of us will dance beside the ocean, shaking the devil off our backs.


Rachel Johnson is a staff writer and columnist at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or by email at rjohnson@brunswickbeacon.com.