My Peace I Give Unto You

by Kathleen Harris
I have had so many faith-promoting experiences over the years, but this past summer was my most recent one.
“My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.…” 
This scripture has great meaning to me, especially as I experienced the trial of my faith. 

The end of May I went in for my yearly mammogram, and a week later I received a letter asking me to come back for an ultrasound. The radiologist ordered a needle biopsy when she noticed suspicious cells; a week later, needle biopsy; a week later, results: malignant. A total blindside since we have no family history of breast cancer. I was just sure they had my chart mixed up with someone else’s. 

The next week an appointment for an MRI, the next day the surgeon, the next day the radiation oncologist, the next day the oncologist…information overload. Honestly, I never shed a tear or lost any sleep since I was assured it was 100% curable and luckily I was diligent with my yearly exams which helped to save my life. 

After surgery and six weeks of radiation, I am well and whole and certainly feel blessed. All the fasting and prayers, love and concern from family and friends in my behalf humbled me to my knees. My testimony has been strengthened of the power and gift of the atonement. I never felt alone. 

One of my favorite thoughts on faith, a pioneer thought: I believe in Christ as I believe in the sun at noonday…not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.