BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly’s fight with cancer has united people here in Western New York and around the country. Together many continue offering #PrayersforJK.
Pastor Jerry Gillis from The Chapel says the family’s faith during this fight is admirable. He knows how bouts with cancer test us. “It’s far easier for us to trust God and say how good he is when things are all going our way,” said Gillis. “Do we still trust God? Do we still believe he’s good?”
Jill Kelly certainly does still believe. During her husband’s battle, she has posted photos on her Instagram account. A recent image showed her praying over Jim before a radiation treatment.
“God is good. He can be trusted and even though we live in world that’s broken,” added Gillis. “That means there’s disease and sickness, that God is not distant from us in that. He’s right there in the mix of it.”
Pastor Gillis is keeping in touch with the Kellys, as much as he can. He’s letting them know so many at their home church, The Chapel at Crosspoint, are praying for them.
“This is a guy who was a football warrior,” said Gillis. “He was a linebacker playing quarterback in mentality. And that kind of mentality, they call it “Kelly Tough” in their family. It’s the way he approaches things.”
Gillis says Jim loves to say “It is what it is; now let’s deal with it.”
It’s a message that can inspire people. “Bad things happen to Godly people, sometimes to demonstrate to the world what it looks like to trust God in good times and in bad,” added Gillis.