I have a confession to make. One of my favorite performers is Canadian Jazz singer Michael Bublé, 41. I haven’t got a bucket list, but if I did — attending a Bublé concert would be on it.
So, like many, I was shocked to hear Michael’s sad announcement that doctors diagnosed his son Noah, 3, with cancer.
Michael and his wife, who also have a son Elias born earlier this year, initially thought Noah had the mumps. However, a visit to a doctor in Buenos Aires — later confirmed by a doctor in Los Angeles — presented the grim diagnosis of cancer.
On his Facebook page, Michael and his wife Luisana Lopilato asked for prayers.
“Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well. At this difficult time, we ask only for your prayers and respect for our privacy. We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michael spoke of the impact the devastating news had on him and his wife:
“You are just scared all the time, because you love him so much, you can’t ever, ever think of a world without him.”
But as the family enters this difficult hour, Brandee Bublé, Michael’s sister, posted a statement of faith on her nephew’s cancer. The message portrayed on a blackboard quotes 1 Corinthians 13:12:
“And now these remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
It talks about the power of faith, hope and love.
There is an interesting verse in Isaiah that many of us casually quote from memory. It reads in Isaiah 40:31, “Those who wait (Hebrew ‘gwh’) upon their Lord will renew their strength.”
I have always envisioned the word ‘wait’ to mean silently, waiting upon God in prayer.
But this is not how the Hebrew word ‘qwh’ (wait) should be translated. It means to be expectantly waiting for someone to arrive. In other words you know that help is on the way and you are constantly checking the horizon to see if it has arrived.
Because of this, the word is often translated ‘hope.’
‘Gwh’ is also derived from the Hebrew word ‘cord’ or rope. So it leaves the thought that our hope and expectation that God will deliver is the very thing that connects us to God’s strength.
We need to be expecting a miracle from God. This is our hope. This is our expectation. And with this connection we can soar as an eagle.
but those who hope (gwh) in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)