Morning by morning

March 25, 2015

Walk with Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly, as she lives through cancer. This and other reflections will appear on the web page "Each New Day."



“Certainly the faithful love of the LORD has not ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22–23)

I’ve always been moved by the chorus of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” where we are reminded of the gift of each new day, “Morning by morning, new mercies I see. …” I have always found myself wondering if that’s truly possible; if I am actually capable of seeing each day full of newness unfolding right before my eyes. What a blessing! What a joy! What a divinely challenging way to see Creation around us!

I am struck even more so by these verses and hymn as I face my diagnosis with breast cancer. The prognosis is good and I have already started chemotherapy as the first measure in this healing process. There is also surgery and treatments to face in the future as well. But I find myself taking things one step at a time, getting more attune to the needs of my body and the surprises that each new day may bring.

It is my hope that this series will be a way to share the stories that become a part of this journey and the gifts that come with the rising of every morning sun. I’ll try to write as regularly as I can, post photos, and welcome the comments/prayers that you may add. The most powerful part of the experience thus far has been the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from people all across the country. Thank you for lifting me up.

  1. You are in the storm this day. God has already put a "rainbow in the cloud" just for you. Look for it and it will appear; thousands have petitioned God on your behalf.

    by Irving Fletchman, Sr.

    August 9, 2015

  2. I just became aware of your cancer situation. I am glad you have your support system. It can be nasty stuff. I was just dismissed this past Feb by my oncologist 10 years after finishing chemo for ovarian cancer. I am older than you, so that probably explains the reduced energy, but I have life! The treatment leaves a person with the "ups and downs". I had a large group praying for me, and in those lows, I would send out an e-mail "cry for help" and could feel the affects of the prayers. If you get nuropathy from the chemo, hopefully it will not be bad, and will go away with time, there are non drug treatments for it that a neurologist recommended instead of the memory hindering nerve pain drugs.

    by Sarah Sanneman

    April 11, 2015

  3. Our congregation in CA prayed for you yesterday. Know that God's healing hands, His Grace and Peace surround you every second. My mother had radiation treatments more than 10 years ago and has done well following Dr. Neal Barnard's research on diets in his "" and "pcrm. org" ( Physicians committee for Responsible Medicine). Do check it out.

    by Jo

    March 30, 2015

  4. "Know that you are held in Holy hands that will not let you go"

    by Jeanne att

    March 29, 2015

  5. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Peace and blessings for you and your family.

    by Marta Rodríguez

    March 27, 2015

  6. Larissa, praying for the three of you and for God's peace to surround and strengthen you for the facing of these days. Much love and God bless.

    by Cheni Khonje

    March 27, 2015

  7. Wishing God's blessing and healing upon you.

    by Robert Gillander

    March 26, 2015

  8. I'm fighting too. I have had chemo numerous times. I'm very much alive. Chemo is no picnic but I've been through worse events in my life. You can and will survive and God will never leave you. God goes before us in every situation. Peace.

    by Bev Steed

    March 26, 2015

  9. I"m a breast cancer survivor, and cling to the phrase "A day not promised." May God surround you with peace and healing and wisdom and a new appreciation of each new day.

    by Kathy Lueckert

    March 26, 2015

  10. From your friends in Lehigh Presbytery Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Grace to you all, and peace. Please pray for the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who has been diagnosed with cancer. Remember also her family, especially her husband, Dan, and their young son, and the church that stands in concern for her. A story, with comments from Larissa, can be found at Holy One, there are times when the storms are such that we feel battered by waves of uncertainty and tossed by questions that seem to have no answers. We give thanks for those trained in the healing arts, and ask that they might have wisdom in what to do, and patience both in giving information and hearing questions. And we ask the same for Larissa and Dan and their family, patience in this time of waiting, wisdom in next steps, and more, O God, we are bold to ask for your healing and peace that pass our understanding. May the faithfulness Larissa has demonstrated rebound in the comfort and compassion she receives, And may she know your love for them through the love of your Church. We ask so much, Lord, because we know you can grant it. We pray this in the name of him who cannot be overcome, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. God is all in all, Steve Be astonished! Be astounded! For I am doing things among you that you would not believe if you were told. Habakkuk 1:5 Lehigh Presbytery: A ministry of Jesus Christ through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Steven H. Shussett Teaching Presbyter and Stated Clerk Lehigh Presbytery 710 North Cedar Crest Boulevard Allentown PA 18104 Phone: 610/391-9020 Fax: 610/391-9023

    by Steve Shussett

    March 26, 2015

  11. God's faithfulness each and every moment is truly amazing. May you be held in the arms of God who gave you breath at the beginning of your life and continues to do so. May healing and wholeness be as obvious to you as God's love given in Jesus. My prayers are with you.

    by Ginny Smith

    March 26, 2015

  12. My incredible Mom passed away three years ago yesterday (March 25) at age 94. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 71, and lived a full life after successful treatment. Mom was the quintessential Energizer bunny. Her strong faith took her through many challenges, but she nevered viewed them as problems, only as things to be dealt with. Prayers to you for treatment and healing.

    by Nancy Palme

    March 26, 2015

  13. My husband is a 13 year survivor of Aggressive Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, so we know the scare and healing and, even, the blessings of the journey. May you know that many care about you, and prayers and thoughts will be continually with you. Ann

    by Rev. Ann Barner

    March 26, 2015

  14. I watched you speak as GA streamed into my retirement community (Monte Vista Grove in Pasadena, Ca) and I was thrilled and challenged. My prayers go with you. God is good.

    by Evelyn Thomas Heyne

    March 26, 2015

  15. "Grande es tu fidelidad", es uno de mis himnos favoritos. La fidelidad de Dios es grande y su misericordia incomparable. Estás en mis oraciones y en las de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Bayamon. Bendiciones.

    by Ruth Rosario-Riviere

    March 26, 2015

  16. God's Got This! I just finished my treatment for stage IIB triple positive breast cancer. It's a tough fight but God walked with me as He will walk with you. Prayers and blessings from Maggie Sandoval-Flores, Ruling Elder El Divino Salvador PC (USA)

    by Maggie Sandoval-Flores

    March 26, 2015

  17. Even in this, you are a gift to us! Stay courageous! My prayers are with you!

    by Debra Avery

    March 26, 2015

  18. Blessing and prayers for God's healing and strength; coming from the daughter of a 40 year breast cancer survivor (My Mother) . We grew up watching her faith in God's comforting, healing touch in dealing with this cancer. As her primary caregiver I saw again the strength of her faith from 2009 until she finally passed from Ovarian cancer in late 2011. May the Lord bless, comfort, heal, and strengthen you as you walk this path.

    by Carole R. Banks

    March 26, 2015

  19. Sending you a virtual hug. I am a six year survivor of breast cancer--TNBC actually, and I'm here to say it gets better. God walks with you all the way. Prayers for you, my sister.

    by Anne

    March 26, 2015

  20. Blessings and prayers from another commissioner to GA221, one who shares your love for "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and has known the trustworthiness of our Lord through my own and my husband's struggles with cancer.

    by Laurie Farquharson

    March 25, 2015

  21. Prayers going up! Judy Ferguson Commissioner to 221st General Assembly

    by Judy Ferguson

    March 25, 2015

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