“In Jesus’ name, I pray.” Scrolling through social media platforms, receiving group texts or calls from individuals, we are bombarded with news that asks that we pray for others. We often see a symbol of praying hands only, with no words attached. Sometimes there might be just one word, ‘praying.’ Does that symbolize those persons are actually taking time to whisper a prayer, shout a prayer or perhaps simply acknowledge that the information is received? We don’t know.
Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, has endured his journey with stage four lung cancer for over 15 months. During one of those months, Rev. Fuzz’s prognosis was that he only had 15 months to survive this journey. He has surpassed that time!
Through it all, Rev. Fuzz has seen many ups and downs—often seeming like a roller coaster ride. He was prescribed at one time a new cancer treatment, a “chemo pill,” as Fuzz referred to it. It was taunted as a miracle drug, and the miracle is happening. The cancer has shrunk and he is getting better. He is not completely healed, but he is healing. The medication, along with other medical instructions, e.g., exercise, rest and eating the right things, are leading him towards healing. However, he has a long way to go. He continues to struggle with a variety of issues that are caused by the use of his ‘miracle’ chemo pill. Currently, Rev. Fuzz has a case of Lymphedema, which causes swelling of the arms, face and legs. It does not cause pain, but there is extreme fatigue. This is a result of the chemo pill. Some consider this a ‘fluid build up,’ yet lymphedema is caused by a protein buildup. Rev. Fuzz takes a fluid pill every morning and goes three days each week for treatment; however, he says: “Everything that glitters ain’t gold, and it makes me pray more fervently.”
It’s not easy. Some things that will make you ‘better’ may also create other uncomfortable issues. But through it all, Rev. Fuzz keeps the faith by continuing to pray and watch and wait with humble patience. Whether a message has a reply with praying hands, one word ‘praying,’ or a scripture and an ‘on the spot prayer—it is a prayer that is heard in that moment for that situation.
Continue to pray for Rev. Enoch Fuzz because he is also in continuous prayer for you and the “whole wide world.” Visit his Facebook site where you will find him sharing his praise in pictures, testimony and song. As we continue to follow God’s guide, keep following his weekly journey, ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’