Today is the Day

August 6, 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."



I’m having surgery today. As someone who never walked into the emergency room as a child and was admitted for the first time to a hospital when I gave birth to my son, the thought of today’s procedure is both daunting and yet unfamiliar. I trust my medical team and know that I am in extremely capable hands.

I’ve also undergone a lot of transitions in the midst of this upcoming health step. My family and I have moved to a new home, my son started at a new school, and I’ve begun work in a new position. I left my beloved congregation in Queens, New York, to find a bit more balance as I navigate my cancer diagnosis. It’s affected not only myself, but also those around me in ways that were expected and unexpected. It’s been a crazy month, but we are certainly in the right place for us to be strong and supportive of each other.

I covet your thoughts and prayers in this time. Not only for my own surgery, but also for all of those who will support and care for me. I am blessed to have wonderful family, friends, and co-workers who have “rallied” to make my recovery smooth. Though many of you are far away, I feel lifted up by your regular prayers for my health. I know that I don’t go on this journey alone.

  1. Prayers for comfort and healing from the women of Westminster Church, Lincoln, NE as we meet to begin our study of Come to the Waters this week. As a 15 year survivor of breast cancer, I know that trust in God, your family and friends, your surgeons and caregivers will bring you peace.

    by Ellen Davis

    August 10, 2015

  2. May you feel the prayers lifted for you. Blessings for you & your family.

    by Bonnie Ruggiero

    August 7, 2015

  3. May God hold you in the palm of his hand this day, and the many days to follow. As you know he is our healer. May he comfort and guide you and your family, your friends and caregivers. Cancer does not just effect the "patient". It effects everyone in the family, support group, and care team. The Peace of Christ be with you.

    by Patricia Crooks

    August 7, 2015

  4. Blessings

    by Melissa Hicks

    August 6, 2015

  5. Larissa, Please know that you are not alone. We are praying for you and many of us know that wholesale change of life as the result of a cancer diagnosis. So you are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who have blazed this trail ahead of you and who say, "God is with you, God is before you, and God will rally this Church community to your cause." May the Peace of Christ fill your mind, body and spirit, Will Mason

    by Will Mason

    August 6, 2015

  6. God bless you.

    by Laurie Palmer

    August 6, 2015

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