Valentine’s Day a memorable one for Philip and me. One year ago on February 14, 2012, Prince Philip and I packed our little bag of books and goodies and proceeded to our first of many visits to the chemo infusion room. On that day, we didn’t know what to expect other than that I’d be there for a few hours, it would probably be traumatic, and we were doing it together — our Valentines Day date of sorts.
That day ended up being a love gift from the Lord as He imparted to us quickly the assignment He had for us to share His love with others who were sick and despairing and hopeless in that hard place. Valentines Day 2012 changed our lives and today we remember with great fondness and gratitude what God showed us about the beauty and power of His love for people with cancer. I remember punching the button in the elevator on our way down to the lobby after our several hours in the chemo infusion room ministering to others and saying, “Well, I guess we know our Kingdom assignment, don’t we, Peeps?”
Yes, we did, and that assignment lasted all through 2012 and is even finding its significant way into this year also. As mentioned in my last post, while I am sick and more than a little drugged out, God is still sending me women who have been stricken with breast cancer and who need God’s love and His comfort, hope and healing. I feel completely incapable of doing anything worthwhile for them, yet I know it’s not me they need — it’s God — and somehow He shines His love through my weakened and loopy self! Praise be to God!
“Gold in the Road” has been a common theme in this last year of my cancer storm and it is used to describe how I find God and His valuable presence in the midst of the hardest of places. If I have eyes to see and ears to hear, I find gold in the road every day — at almost every step. He is here — and He makes the journey not just bearable, but beautiful.
Several days ago, I received a beautiful gift from our beautiful friends John and Cheryl Hawley. John works with metal and last year made Philip and me a beautiful silver, interlocking heart that sits on our mantle and represents to us the love and oneness that Philip and I share in this life together and especially in this cancer storm. Well, a few days ago, a large piece of gold-like metal appeared on our door step — it looked just like I’ve picture the “gold in the road” to look like. Irregular, worn by many footprints and glittering in the sunlight. I knew immediately who had placed it anonymously on my doorstep.
It turns out John has a good friend and devout Christian named Martin Pickett who is CEO at a company where they mix exotic alloys. John says, “I told Martin your story and asked him to donate a floor splash of the molten alloy for your Gold in the Road, he was pleased to help out. Your Gold is a mix of bronze, nickel and aluminum. Our small efforts that bring smiles to your home are very special to us. Our Love and Prayers, John and Cheryl.”
This Gold in the Road now sits on our marble fireplace hearth and looks downright stunning, but I’m imagining finding a day when Philip and I can take our camera and find a dirt path strewn with gnarly rocks and placing the Gold in the Road in that setting, to make the picture that better describes what I saw all those months ago when the Lord first showed me the Gold in the Road! This is when Martin Pickett’s Holy Spirit-inspired Gold in the Road will demonstrate its greatest glory — amid the long, hard, sometimes ugly road that is the cancer storm.
Thank you, Martin. Thank you, John and Cheryl — I love you both!
Love and blessings,
Cathie+ and Prince Philip
After more than 25 years in parish ministry, Rev. Cathie retired in early 2018 to pursue a quieter life with her husband Philip in the mountains of Central Oregon. Although no longer a leader in congregational life, she continues to follow her calling and passion to minister to those who suffer, especially those with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.