Popular Christian singer/songwriter Darlene Zschech recently thanked God and prayer warriors after finishing chemotherapy four months after discovering she had breast cancer.
Following the announcement that she has officially finished her final round of chemo, Zschech, who is the former worship pastor at Hillsong Church said she believes the prayers of her fans got her through the difficult time.
"On the days where I have felt I cannot do it anymore, I literally have felt the strength of people praying for me," the "Shout to the Lord" singer wrote on her blog. "The power of the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen has been beyond what I have ever experienced before. Again, I am so thankful for every one of you."
Zschech said she spent a great deal of time thinking, reflecting, and praying.
"I cry easily, not necessarily sad tears, but tears all the same," she says. "Even when I'm laughing I end up crying. I think the tears have taken the place of words for the time being. This too shall pass. One day the words to define this season will come. And I pray they bring hope to all who hear."
"Even though I unashamedly begged for God to heal me before treatment," she says, "He said to me that as I walked through He would never leave me.
Although chemotherapy treatment has ended, the battle isn't over. The singer starts a 6 week radiation process this coming week.
"I shall be glowing from the inside out," she quips. "And then that's it. Never again."
However, Zschech clings to her faith in God, trusting that He will guide her through the coming weeks.
"This is the truth for all of us today, no matter what you may be facing, even if God feels far away, our loving Father will never leave us or forsake us. I take great pleasure in knowing this beyond a shadow of a doubt. He is with me. He is with you."
Zschech says she's excited about leading worship Sunday at church-the first time since the journey started.
"Even if its [sic] a bit rough and ready, leading people to the courts of our God is my greatest honor. I simply cannot wait!" she says. "His presence truly is heaven. We will pray on Sunday night for all those needing healing, and for all of you who've asked us to pray for loved ones. Yes we shall. Healing, in Jesus name."