This afternoon my husband and I went to see a film called Dear Talula. The film was sponsored by Temple Israel and opened to the public. I'd heard about it at one of my cancer support group meetings. It is about a Jewish woman who learned she had breast cancer when her daughter was only 14 months old. As she was a filmmaker, she started chronicling her journey beginning with her first visit with the surgeon.
At the end of the film, we met the filmmaker as well as her daughter Talula who is now almost seven years old. There was also a discussion and an opportunity to direct questions to four panelists; a psychiatrist, a genetic counselor, an oncologist and a rabbi. I was shocked to learn the oncologist was actually my oncologist. When I went up to greet him later, he pushed back my cap a bit so he could inspect my hair. I complied, removed my cap and modeled my baby hair but that's another story.:)
During the panel discussion, the rabbi brought up the Hebrew term L'Chaim which literally means "to life". The rabbi told us that when she was a little girl she had asked her father what it meant. He told her it meant life. She asked him if it meant a good life. He told her no. It did not mean a good life, a happy life, a healthy life or a blessed life. It simply meant life. It didn't matter whether life was good or bad. Life is life. It is a precious gift from God and it should be celebrated simply because it is life.
The Rabbi talked about people who knew they were dying and yet they still were able to celebrate life and have hope in God. It goes even further than that. Not only did they have hope in God; they helped others have hope in God as well and caused others to begin to celebrate their own life as well.
11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12
If we have the Son, we have life. If we don't have the Son of God, we don't have life. We can have money, fame, perfect health, lots of friends and everything we ever dreamed of but if we don't have the Son, we don't have life. We can be living in poverty, terminally ill, abandoned by friends and scorned by all but if we have the Son, we have life. Nothing can take that away from us. Death itself cannot take that away from us! We truly do have a reason to celebrate.
So, L'Chaim in Christ Jesus!
What a precious story! Thank you for sharing! I agree that it is SO important to celebrate life because in John 14:6, Jesus says He is life. If that's not a reason to celebrate, I don't know what is.