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then the questions of myself… you've held to your faith in so many lesser things – how about now – facing the big one!  Does it hold – is it sure – are you really experiencing the peace that should be yours – in everything?
I confess… the initial hours after that first call with my PSA result… I was not at peace… and without anyone else in the family home to share it with – I did what came naturally – I immediately reached out by email to a half-dozen or so folk,  asking for prayer… and being able to dig up that archived email from more than twelve and a half years ago, I see what I asked for – was not a negative diagnosis, or healing (if I it turned out to be cancer), but rather I asked them all to pray that I might have "peace" while waiting for whatever lay ahead.
It wasn't immediate and it wasn't without anxious moments, but in the coming days and weeks, the Lord graciously answered those prayers and even though the appointment for my biopsy ended up stretching out to an even month from my PSA result… overall, I spent that month at rest, with a quiet heart, and confidence that the Lord would be with me through it all… whatever it was going to be.
Ephesians           2:14   For He Himself is our peace,
2 Thessalonians 3:16   Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.


So I could be at peace and accepting of the promise in the verse from yesterday's post:
Romans              8:28  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good…
The ongoing challenge however is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1Thessalonians 5:16  Rejoice always;
                            :17  pray without ceasing;
                            :18  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

really!  in everything?  there's where the rubber meets the road…  oh, I could and would give thanks, if the final results turned out to be a clean bill-of-health – but, what if that wasn't the case – how thankful would I be then?