Mortality | God’s Plan | Illness

“For we who live constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus also may be manifest in our mortal flesh.” (II Corinthians 4:11).

At age 67, John Chancellor, the commentator on “NBC Nightly News,” looked forward to sharing a comfortable retirement with Barbara, his wife of 36 years. Instead,

he was diagnosed with stomach cancer — a relatively rare, but aggressive form of malignancy. “There wasn’t a cloud on the horizon,” Chancellor said, “and then this.” Then followed major surgery and a torturous regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Then, happily, a period of remission.

“While I’m feeling much less despair these days,” Chancellor said, “it hasn’t ever occurred to me to declare…

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