Celebrating Survivors

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.”

Romans 8:37

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

While out walking yesterday, I noticed another woman on the track. Dressed in her workout clothes, iPod strapped to her arm, and moving at a good pace, she looked like everyone else at the gym. The bit of bare scalp visible beneath the woman’s ballcap served as the only clue that she was in fact, not like everyone else casually working out that day. She was battling cancer. When Matthew West’s song “Survivors” started playing a moment later, I seriously contemplated handing my iPod over to this brave lady so she could hear it, but I worried I would disturb her. I decided to take a moment to pray for both her physical and spiritual healing instead. Still, I wish I could have shared this song with her.

Here’s the story…

The Story of Your Life is available on iTunes for $9.99.


You’ve been dropped like a dream to the floor
You’ve been told not to try anymore
But you’re waking from yesterday’s war
‘Cause you’re a survivor
And your strength has been stolen away
And your faith has been worn to a fray
But you live to live one more day
‘Cause you’re a survivor

Nothing can stop you now
Nothing can back you down
You never give up, never give in
You’re a survivor
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

For the phone call that tore you apart
For the fear that gripped your heart
For the moment you saw who you are
And what you’re made of
For the cancer that stole all your hair
For the smile like you just don’t care
For your hope in a midnight prayer
You’re a survivor

I’m convinced neither death nor life
Neither demons nor angels of light
Shadows present or future light
Can separate us
From the love that will lead us on
To the hope when all hope is gone
‘Til the day heaven calls us home
We are survivors

Written by Matthew West
Photo: Alice Wycklendt