You Can't Wait

Dear Friends,

I wasn't watching that night, but apparently a contestant on a recent "America's Got Talent" blew the judges away with her singing. Her performance was all the more stunning to the judges because she is a three-time cancer survivor who has cancer now again. In fact, she has been given only a two percent chance of survival.

The story Jane Marczewski told, along with her moving performance, left all the judges searching for superlatives. Howie Mandel shared, "You know, it's funny, because singers come on, and I think about authenticity, when you feel it, when it moves you. That felt like the most authentic thing I've heard this season."

Simon Cowell said, "Your voice is stunning. Absolutely stunning! There was something about that song after the way you just casually told us what you're going through." Simon then said, "I'm not going to give you a yes - I'm going to give you something else!" And with that, he hit the Golden Buzzer, meaning she would automatically move on to the next round. The overjoyed and overwhelmed Marczewski dropped to her knees, sobbing, and Simon went onstage to embrace her. It was a thrilling moment.

But perhaps most thrilling was Marczewski's way of looking at her situation. She said, "You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy." Later she also said, "I have a two percent chance of survival, but two percent is not zero percent. Two percent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is."

It's an amazing story, isn't it? One of our members shared it with me, and I thought it was worth sharing with you as we continue with our Happiness Project.

Grace and Hope to you,

Pastor Duane