Imagine if we did not have Jesus

Just recently I was given the news that I had Metastatic Oesophageal cancer with a shortened life expectancy of 9 months.

Although the consultant was looking directly at me for one brief moment, I had to check myself from turning around to see if she was talking to someone else.

In the weeks and months to come I will have to undergo both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This is to give me a better quality of life.

I believe that at some point in each one of our own lives we will undergo tests and trials this is order to form our own character.

In Romans 5: 3-5

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Just imagine if we did not have Jesus! …..That thought sends shivers down my spine.

We truly would have No hope and the future would hold only death but we do have Jesus and that changes everything we have life and the guarantee of eternal life.

I have been humbled by the support I have received both practical and prayer.

I know that when God called me to “Step into the breech and reach out to those who are suffering from gambling” that I have given it a go and tried my best.
I am by No means ready to give up or throw in the towel.

2 Timothy 1:7

“[I] have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”

Blessings and love,


  • Andy Holt

    Dear Ian, I actually don’t know how to respond to your article. It feels trite to say I’ll pray for you and for your healing but I will pray. God bless you.

  • Andy.
    I really appreciate your prayers.
    Thank you so much.

  • Nutty lad

    Dear Ian, very sorry to hear of your condition. I will pray for Gods love,peace & strength to surround you.In Jesus’s name amen.

  • Mike Burgess

    Ian, thanks for sharing. Will pray that you & those around you will indeed have hope through the coming months and that Jesus will be glorified in your life no matter what the circumstances are. Be blessed!

  • Thanks Mike
    Much appreciated.

  • Thanks Nutty lad
    Appreciate your prayer.