Find Faith in a Cancer Ward

February 25, 2009

In the early years of her practice, Dr. Diane Komp reported to the bedside of dying children out of duty. But one day the scene that followed changed her life. Just before seven-year-old Anna died, she mustered the strength to sit up in bed and cry: “The angels–they’re so beautiful! Mommy, can you see them? Do you hear their singing? I’ve never heard such beautiful singing!” Then she lay back on her pillow and died, reports Komp in her book Images of Grace (Zondervan).

Anna’s vision was the first of many such supernatural visitations that Dr. Komp witnessed at the bedside of dying children. Although Komp was an atheist at the time, the children’s dreams and visions forced her to reexamine the faith she had discarded while she was in medical school.

Surely dying children have no agenda, thought Komp, no reason to deceive me. They simply report what they see. They are, Komp reasoned, reliable witnesses.

That was more than thirty years ago. Today, thanks to progress in cancer treatments, fewer children die of cancer. But the miracle of children–and their families–finding peace with God has not diminished.

Diane Komp is known for her remarkable insights on life, insights she says she learned from the children she treats. “When I listen to kids I get much more sensible answers than when I listened to adults. So I listen to their stories, then write them down. I’m just the secretary,” says Komp, with a grin.

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