6 AD

You know I’m a Christian, right? So BC and AD to me reflect the most significant events in human history: BC—before Christ and AD—anno domini (in the year of the Lord). It makes perfect sense to me to divide our calendars at this point.

So it is with humble respect that I claim another BC and AD hinge point in my own life. BC—before cancer and AD—after diagnosis. And today I reach 6AD. Today is my six year survival mark. It’s exactly six years since my friends ushered me from the coffee shop to the cancer journey. On 2nd December 2011 I was admitted to hospital and today I begin my seventh year of life AD.

IMG_7390Yesterday I had the privilege of catching up with the same blokes who cared for me on that first day. As we have done every year, we drank coffee (or chai lattes and hot chocolates—we’re getting older), we shared stories, and we prayed for each other. Much has happened in this time. So much has changed. But the goodness of God remains. As I drove home, I found myself singing (yes, truly—and I believe I was even in tune!)

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
’tis has brought me safe thus far
and grace will lead me home

There have been so many dangers, toils and snares, and I am so conscious of God’s grace in all of them. God’s abundant kindness and mercy astound me. All of my bucket list prayers have been answered. I’m not supposed to be here—the doctors said so. And yet God has given me more days in this life to sing his praise.

But, you know, it’s not about me. The original BC-AD divide leaves my personal experience deep in its wake. The coming of Jesus Christ offers us forgiveness, life, and reconciliation. The sting of death has been removed. Hopelessness and despair have been replaced by joy and assurance. I can look forward in confident anticipation to an eternity with my saviour, not because of anything on my part. No, it’s all of grace, amazing grace. The same grace that transformed John Newtown, and William Wilberforce, and millions of others throughout the centuries. And you too can know this grace.

4 thoughts on “6 AD”

  1. Hi Dave,

    Good to hear from you. Hope the new job is going ok. What an amazing thing to have stared at death thinking it was a sure thing and now six years on by grace you go on. It must have been a complete change of perspective on the things that matter.

    I continue to pray. I have appreciated your friendship and visits over those six years. I imagine there is still anxiety before every scan which is only human. I do pray the anxiety lessens with time.

    I pray by God’s grace that there are many years to come. To serve but also to enjoy the common grace of God in family and friends.

    God Bless

    Shaun

  2. Hey there David, well mate, woohoo, AD 6 years, a great milestone!
    Thanks for your continued encouragement to those who walk a similar journey to yourself. Your words are really appreciated.
    As I head towards my AD 2 anniversary, I just give thanks to our great God for his grace, love and healing. Have a wonderful Christmas mate, go well, Steve.

  3. God’s grace for sure. I’m so happy for you Dave. I am also 6 years AD by his grace. We are truly blessed. Sending love from Florida.

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