Rose Madrid-Swetman

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February 11, 2012

Reflection on Naming Demons

Category: All Posts,Random Thoughts,Stories of Life – Rose – 2:00 pm

Our family is once again facing the demonic illness named cancer. This illness has wreaked havoc in the lives of the people I love most on this earth and once again it has come to call. Words from the doctors, “incurable, 6-10 weeks, chemotherapy, maybe 6-8 months” these are surreal words that should not be spoken over a thirty-five year old husband, father, son, brother, uncle. Our hearts are breaking yet finding strength in everyone’s prayers, thoughts, blessings, love and words of comfort and peace. Our grandson, Daniel is three. Whenever he is getting his picture taken he gives you the “peace sign.” I’m told that’s big in Korea (where he is from). Little does he know that’s exactly what is needed for him, for his mom, for his dad and for his extended family both here in the States and back home in Seoul.
This I know. God is not the inventor or author of the insidious disease named cancer. Cancer comes from the pit of hell where one day when its all said and done there will be no more sickness, no more dying and every tear will be wiped away. Until that time we know that when it comes time for our son to pass from this life to the next, death does not have the last word. In the end of all that is now temporal will be made right, cancer does not win.
Daniel you keep giving us the peace sign. As we watch your innocence in flashing us that sign we will breathe in peace and trust that one day, “All matter of things shall be well.”


  1. Rose: These are words well spoken. It is hard to live in a fallen world when we know God does heal and we do not always have peace when he does not. The here and the not here yet — this Kingdom of God place we all dwell in. I have spoken to God long and often about Ben and his dear little family, at times angrily, at times broken, but always calling on the here — please heal him Lord. I will continue to do so until God tells me to stop by bringing him home to heaven. No matter how God acts, a miracle or a heavenly healing I know he will be with you and your family and you will someday find that peace — fleeting right now– but ever present in Jesus. I love you all. Thanks so much for these tender, vulnerable and powerful words.

    Comment by Theresa Hanson — February 11, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  2. Rose, Thank you for the words you give…raw emotion…reflected theology…how to live in this present world with God and with unbearable burdens of life and death…how to walk through it all…wonderment…questions…puzzles…how to navigate it all. Many hugs for you and Rich and Ben and family…many hugs.

    Comment by Leigh — February 11, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

  3. Rose, thank you for writing this. My heart and prayers are with you and your family as you journey through this time.

    Comment by Sharon Richards — February 12, 2012 @ 9:34 am

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