We face death and birth, two sisters who hold hands
And encircling human endeavors with their truth
Truth of continuances and endings
I penned the lines to my poem in 2013. I just learned doctors diagnosed a woman at my church with a rare form of eye cancer. A beautiful mother of four children, she battled the disease for more than almost two years before she died. We, women, of the church prayed for her several times during the battle, gathering around her, lifting her before the Lord. Following the tenets of scripture, we laid hands on her, begging for her miracle and cure.
Although she died, God did cure her. He just chose to do so by bringing the dear woman to heaven with Him. My poem further reads:
We abhor cancers and diseases as strangers
But are they processes of the humanity circle?
To teach us lessons of importance and insignificance
Life versus material; love versus inhumanity of greed
Identifying the crux of humanity
Balding and shedding of hair and thinning of body
But increasing of the soul and beauty of selflessness
That beauty of selflessness sang from the pages of Linda Kuhar’s memoir, Worthy of a Miracle. Unlike the woman in my church, Linda survived her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma that forced doctors to place her in a coma after serious infection set in. The doctors told her family she only had a 5 percent change of survival. She lived in the coma for almost a month.
She woke up and her battle still raged. Doctors informed her that she may never fully recover and could face never walking again or breathing on her own. Linda, however, proved to be a fighter and determined she would not only walk again, but that a year later she would run a half marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program to raise money for blood cancer research.
Linda’s battled in two realms : physical and spiritual. Her full recovery depended upon her acceptance of the fact that through Jesus she is worthy. She warred with feelings of unworthiness her whole life which she details in her book. She writes in a recent interview at Susan Mead’s blog, “My book Worthy of a Miracle is not only about physical healing but my spiritual healing and how I discovered my true worth in Jesus.”[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@MaryHill16, @LindaKuhar”]Her book Worthy of a Miracle is about how she discovered her true worth in Jesus.[/tweetthis]
Running the marathon taught her so much, she writes. God prepared her in the midst of the coma for her miracle run and lead her to become a Certified Christian Life Coach. Despite all the success, she still felt like a failure and fraud, not a miracle. In confusion and anger, she gave up and walked away from speaking and her goals to help others in their Christian walk. She didn’t even know if she believed in God until the day after losing another job, she pulled over in her car and asked God to become real in her life.
She prayed, “God help me. Why isn’t this getting through to me? Why does everybody but me see miracles in my life? Show me how to believe. Please!” From this point, Linda details how she sought God in earnest and that is when the biggest miracles in her life really began.
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
Her journey is still ongoing. She devotes the final portion of her book writing about how we all can find miracles in our own lives as she takes us a devotional journey and shares her five Just Live Today Habits. I am absolutely enthralled by their simplicity. As I am this book. It is simply life changing. As I read it the words of God come to life as she share scriptures. I can hear them in my mind.
Psalm 5:3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Romans 8: 28 We know that God cause all things to work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
I end my review simply by stating that this book takes you on a journey and then gives you the road map. I know it sounds backwards, but the journey must be completed before we see the true miracles God has in store for us.
LINDA KUHAR is a Board Certified Coach with the Center for Credentialing & Education, Certified Christian Life Coach with Christian Coach Institute and has led women worldwide through online Bible studies. Linda speaks to organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, churches, and women’s ministries throughout the United States. A wife and mother, Linda survived Stage 3 cancer and a coma resulting from a compromised immune system during cancer treatment in 2009. Although doctors predicted she would never walk or breathe again on her own, she proved them wrong. One year after awakening from her coma, she ran her very first half marathon with Team In Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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