The Search for Meaning – Episode 205

The Search for Meaning

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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray

Published: February 29, 2020

Rev. Percy McCray explores the crossroad of faith cancer patients often experience when they ask the question, “Why me?” He shares with co-host Wayne Shepherd his valuable insight into answering this question.


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Show Notes:

For more than twenty years, Rev. Percy McCray explored cancer care through his work at CTCA. Now, as a cancer patient himself, he sees the struggles at play in his own heart, when he also asks the question, “Why me?”

First, he says, he needed space and time to process the reality of his diagnosis. “People are very unique and different, and they process at a different pace, rhythm and timing. The key thing is to allow adequate space and time for people to process all that they are experiencing so then maybe those thoughts can settle.”

Then, he remembered the truths from God’s Word—that the reason cancer exists, is because a real enemy exists. “The thief, not God, comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” Even with an understanding of the source of suffering, Rev. McCray also reflects that we need to turn back to the source of our strength. “The crossroad of faith and cancer can push us to dig down to the very core of who we are, what we are, and where we are. And at the end of the day, we find ourselves back at the Rock (God).”

Bottom line, Rev. McCray thinks that we all face a crossroad of faith at some point in our lives. “When we feel adrift and battered by the waves of life, there is no better place to go than to the Rock…He has set the universe up in such a way that all of our experiences and all of the things that we deal with is really to drive us back to Him.”


  • “Asking tough questions does not show a lack of faith…many times, it can show the faith we do have in God.”
  • “When I have exhausted all that I have and all that I can do within my own strength—that is when the power of Christ rests upon me.”
  • “We have an anchor in a loving God, who will never leave us or forsake us.”

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