Choose Joy

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Life dealt Norma Jean Hornsberger a hard punch. A knockout. This dedicated Salvation Army staffer was thirty-two when doctors diagnosed her with cancer. Then her husband, Al, got cancer too.

The disease took them both at young ages, but first Norma Jean wrote a book about her fight. For each new round, she had one tactic: to greet every new blow with the joy of faith. “Choose joy,” she’d say.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Norma Jean’s fight with cancer echoes what Paul wrote to the Philippians. In Philippians 1:25, he says"...I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith.” Even our suffering can the high calling of our daily work.

Image by Tim Miller. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.