There's no question that music has always had a very calming influence throughout my life, whether things were good or bad. I have often found refuge during the storm in the messages delivered through this medium. It's almost as if the spirit of music cries out in a way that resonates stronger than the spoken word. I'm so thankful for being able to listen to music during my treatment of cancer. There were often moments while I was alone that listening to a song would strengthen me and provide the necessary encouragement to carry on. These types of messages continually provided reassurance that Heavenly Father was acutely aware of my situation, willing to care for me on an individual basis and furthermore deliver tremendous peace to my weary soul.
Imagine being trapped inside a body infected with a disease that was destroying you from the inside out. It's so very frustrating to be stuck, especially when you've been able to do everything imaginable before but now, because of cancer, have limitations placed on every aspect of life. The simplest tasks were so challenging; being able to move, to sleep, or to eat became very difficult. I noticed that physically and mentally I was spent, but was surprisingly calm and collected spiritually. There were so many times where it was difficult to think of where I had been, am now, or where I would desperately like to be in the future. In so many cases the music I listened to made a significant difference.
I found two songs that have provided great solace and, interestingly enough, the messages are directly associated with two people and their fight with cancer. The music groups were impacted directly with these patients and their stories. I would hope that everyone take a moment and listens closely to this music.
Erin's song. CASTING CROWNS
This next one is about the artist's husband and their struggle. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after they were married. LAURA STORY