-Christina Bowers, March 11, 2005
Knowing her God was bigger than any cancer, my ten-year-old daughter, Christina, faced this tremendous obstacle with unwavering faith and a smile in her heart. There was no room for anger, and the question, "Why me?" would never be asked. Instead, this diagnosis was answered with, "Use me. Use me, Lord, for Your Name and Your Glory!"
People ask me, "How do you do it? How do you watch your daughter walk through such a storm and then go on after she has passed away?" My answer is quite simple: How could I watch my own daughter carry her cross with such a sweet gentle spirit for Christ and not pick up and carry mine? Every moment of every day was a challenge. The only way to make it through was to lean on our Lord. With her eyes filled with compassion and a heart full of love, Christina marched forward. Yes, in the midst of so much darkness and pain, she let her light shine.
"Mom, thank you for bringing me into the world." These were the words Christina said to me in the kindest voice as chemo was being pumped into her body for the first time. The funny thing is she was the one who brought life into my world! Those sweet and penetrating words started the journey, broke down all barriers, and put everything clearly into perspective. Christina's life wasn't the same. It was forever changed and so were all the people who she touched and continued to inspire. In that moment I realized Christina wasn't mine. She truly was His child, and I was given this time with her as a precious life-lesson-filled gift!
With Christ, Christina turned a dismal situation into life lessons. With Christ, I go on and weather every storm that comes my way. Through Christ, I find the strength to share Christina's testimony with the world, praying that others will be changed and even saved by the grace of God if they don't know Him. In the end, the clouds will make way for a vibrant rainbow filled with God's promises. In Christ, I write this book, knowing "If There's a Mailbox in Heaven, "I send all that is within me to my beloved daughter. Praise to Jesus Christ who is the reason I still have purpose! I pray my words bless and inspire all who read them. It is all for His Name and His glory.
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