Today I visited with an amazing family. Sebastian and his family are what I call “hope in motion.” Have you ever met someone who no matter what life hands them, they find a way to go on? People that are amazingly resilient don’t just “go on.” They go on with hope! When cancer hits a family twice…mother and child…many families would understandably be so overwhelmed, that hopelessness would set in. Not so for Sebastian and his family.
When I visit with Sebastian, I learn new things, through a 9-year old’s eyes. Today, I learned that 9-year old boys can give powerful hugs. I felt courage..HUGE in that hug! I also felt gratitude. His hug was a blessing to me, and a reminder “to give thanks in all circumstance.”
Visiting someone with cancer can be a bit intimidating–if you’re not sure of what to say or what to do. Being with Sebastian and his family was more about being together than it was about “cancer.” While it’s okay to ask questions and show compassion, non-cancer conversations are what cancer patients miss the most. “Fighting the fight” is foremost in their mind, but life isn’t all about cancer—even when they’re fighting it!
In between our cancer talks, Sebastian and I talked about other things. We talked about what he loves, what he misses, and what he wants other kids (and adults) to know about having cancer. We even talked about what’s on his “wish” list. We shared a coloring book and brainstormed clever new ideas for those pages. We talked about his upcoming camp experience and about his best friend. His parents deserve huge applause; it is their quiet strength that I see reflected in this 9-year old boy. Their faith shines like a beam of light for others to see.
Hope matters. It’s the nutrient for living abundantly, no what life brings. When I gave my hugs good bye and walked out the door, I was “hope in motion,” magnified! Share hope today–because it matters most.