During elder prayer this morning, one of our elders, Walt, prayed, "I thank you for this cancer."
After our prayer time he explained, "I praise the Lord that through this I can be a witness, and I am growing." There's a man who is being conformed to the image of Christ, whose obvious goal in life is the same as God's goal for him, to be Christlike.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Rom 8:29 NIV)