In early 2015, doctors diagnosed Mark Hall with kidney cancer. Before the news, he was on top of the world. His band, Casting Crowns had experienced great success in the recent months and years, his family was doing well, the accolades were stacking up, but none of that prepared him to hear those three words, “You have cancer.”
Mark prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. Being a youth pastor, Mark had taught countless lessons on trusting God through the difficult times, to have faith when the world around you crumbles, the power of prayer, and the need for support during hard times. This time the tables were turned and Mark would have to practice what he preached.
Mark said, “You never speak louder to the world about your faith than when you’re in a storm.” This was his storm, and his faith would have the chance to speak volumes, especially to those who were in a storm of their own.
Mark had surgery to remove the kidney, and by a miracle of God, the cancer had not spread. His faith through his storm has encouraged and helped countless numbers of people. –Jim L. Wilson and Eric Gibbs
Philippians 4:6–7 (HCSB) “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”