I am going home to have Thanksgiving with family I haven’t seen in years. I was recently diagnosed with cancer. Before I met Christ, I squandered money and relationships. I’m worried about how to relate to my family again. It could be very awkward for us all.
Dear Prodigal Son,
First, I am sorry for your diagnosis with cancer but very glad you are returning home this year. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on God’s goodness and to make amends with friends and family. Before you go, ask God to prepare your heart and those you will see. And, consider the following.
A New Perspective on Life
I don’t know how dire your diagnosis is. But, you must be looking back on your life and considering your future. This is very healthy and will reshape your entire perspective.
A funeral company in South Korea conducts living funerals “to help people appreciate their lives and seek forgiveness and reconciliation with family and friends,” says Jeong Yong-mun. He heads Hyowon Healing Center where more than 25,000 people have “died” to learn to live.
Teenagers to retirees are participating in these living funerals. They put on shrouds, take funeral portraits, write their last testaments and actually lie in a closed coffin for ten minutes.
Professor Yu Eun-sil, a doctor at Asan Medical Center, wrote a book about death. He believes it is valuable to prepare for death even at a young age.
The Healing Center attempts to communicate to people that they matter. That happiness is in the present and that someone would miss them if they were gone.
Jeong Yong-Mun says, “We don’t have forever. That’s why I think this experience is so important – we can apologize and reconcile sooner and live the rest of our lives happily.”
Larry Burkett, Crown’s late founder, who was diagnosed with cancer as well, said that “everyone should experience a verbal pronouncement of terminal disease”. He said that it quickly puts “everything into perspective.” Even in the midst of great hardship, I hope you have experienced that blessing from your diagnosis.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chuck Bentley