When I walked out of a surgeon’s office a little over a month ago I was in a state of shock. Five days earlier I had discovered a mysterious lump about the size of a grape on the right side of my neck. “Lord,” I thought, “I can’t believe what I just heard. Is that you? Is your voice, the voice of my Good Shepherd somewhere to be found in all this? Is it my time? Is this that dreaded news that sets in motion the inevitable chain of events that leads to the close of life this side of glory?” Despite prayer, standing on the promises of scripture and constant confessions of faith I must admit that it was a major spiritual battle for me. However, the wrestlings of soul over the brevity of life provided a needed spiritual awakening that has brought me to some renewed affirmations regarding my faith relationship with Jesus Christ.