Anne Graham Lotz says that despite recent hardships she continues to worship Jesus and her faith remains unwavering.
Graham Lotz was diagnosed with cancer one year ago, just a few months after her father, Billy Graham passed away. Her husband also died three years earlier. Last week she had her last cancer treatment and spoke with Religion News Service in an interview.
"It’s been a rough year but I tell you what: The Lord has been so faithful. And I look back on this year and what stands out is not the pain and the suffering and all that. It’s the blessings of God. He has poured out his blessings to really balance and take the sting out of all of that. So I’m very grateful."
Graham Lotz says one of the reasons she was immediately so public about her diagnosis was that she believed she would be healed through the prayers of others. She cited James 5, which instructs followers of Jesus to confess their sins to each other and pray for one another "so that you may be healed."
"And so I put it out on social media, asking people to pray and I believed that if they did that I would be healed and people rallied. There were tens of thousands of people around the world who were praying for me and I believe God has heard and answered their prayers."
Asked if she struggled with finding joy over the last year she says, "No, it has continued. It’s never left me. And I think some of it has to do with perspective."
Graham Lotz says she began the journey by focussing on God. "I know this wasn’t an accident. I know this is part of his purpose for my life. But now, Lord, how do you want to use it?"
She says that each time she went for treatments "there have been what I call those divine appointments, where you feel God has you there at just such a time to encourage somebody, to lift up somebody, to be a blessing to somebody. And I’ve been blessed. So they’re almost like little mission trips, like little ministry trips. You look at it, knowing that God is with you, that he has a purpose in this and looking for ways that I can reach out and can be a blessing and encouragement to somebody else."
Graham Lotz says that doctors do not currently see any markers of cancer left in her body. "From what the doctor has said, there are no real markers for this kind of cancer. So I think they just finish the treatments and after five years, if I’m still clear, they consider it done with."