Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2007 Jul 14
We have just posted a new sermon on the Keep Believing website called Breaking Points. Here’s an excerpt:
"I have a friend who is going through a crisis regarding his newborn grandchildren who are having serious medical issues. He spoke of being on a roller coaster of emotions as the doctors first gave bad news, then good news, then news that is somewhat confusing. He felt like being taken to the top and then suddenly dropped to the bottom. He added this telling phrase: 'I’ve found that it squeezes my mind quite a bit while trying to do other things.'"
"Cancer can do that to you also. Not just active cancer but cancer patients in remission. As someone said to me this week, “It’s always on the back of your mind.” You think about it every time you get ready for another checkup. What will the doctor find this time? Will the blood work be okay? Will the tests show anything?"
"When I asked a supremely gifted cancer doctor to tell me the current state of research, he took his hand and spread his fingers, as if to say, “The research is all over the map.” It all depends on what kind of cancer. And where. And when they found it. And where you are being treated. And what treatments are used. Medicine is an art and a science, and there are percentages but no guarantees."
"Our text reminds us that we are not waiting for the latest medical breakthrough or even for a message from our loved ones or a new job or an end to a prison sentence or for an offer of a better job or a check for a million dollars. We are waiting for the Lord."