After CCM artist Natalie Grant announced she will undergo thyroid surgery to remove tumors, thousands took to social media to offer prayers and well-wishes.
New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp tweeted, "As the mama of a child who has hyperthyroidism,you have no idea how I am with you. God is always good & we are always loved xo."
Tweeted Pastor Jarrid Wilson: "Praying for healing, @NatalieGrant!"
"Please pray for Natalie Grant as she makes this tough journey," wrote Kelly Nelon Clark. "She spoke to my heart as she quoted the scripture about taking every thought captive so we are obedient to God! I just got a little teary eyed. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to all of us!"
"Praying for Natalie this morning. Her voice and her heart light up the stage in worship for our Lord! No weapon formed against us shall remain. Praying for complete healing in Jesus' powerful name!" wrote another supporter.
As reported, the "Held" singer posted a video message on Facebook on Thursday explaining that doctors had been monitoring several tumors or nodules on her thyroid for years and that she will have half of her thyroid removed on Oct. 10.
She emphasized that thyroid cancer is usually very treatable and can be completely cured. While the surgery could affect her voice, Grant said she has "complete faith" in God.
"The surgery is a little bit more risky because I am a singer, and the thyroid is kind of all tangled up in the vocal box and vocal chords, so there could be some changes to my voice," she said.
"Though I'm not even declaring that, because I have complete faith in my God. He never goes back on his word and he never breaks his promises. The promises that he didn't just make to me, but that he made to my mom when I was in her womb about how my voice would be the voice to the nations. He is not going to break his promise. That's just who he is."
The "King of the World" singer later said she's been reading the comments of support with "tears streaming down" her face. She clarified that there has been no clear and definitive cancer diagnosis "because the tumors are still inside of me and have yet to be removed and fully examined."
"I'm praying and believing that once they begin to fully examine the tissue, they will find NO TRACE of cancer, regardless of what those tumors look like," she said. Again - there can be no clear diagnosis until my surgery. And even if there is cancer - HE IS STILL GOOD. And He is still faithful. And He is still kind. And He is still my healer."
She added, "Cancer IS a scary word. But I refuse to allow the fear of the known, or the unknown, to rule me. Voice change MAY be a common complication of this surgery, but I will not speak it as my complication. And even if it becomes my complication - HE IS STILL GOOD. And He is still faithful. And He is still kind. And He is still my healer."
The singer said she will cancel shows between mid-October and November to recover. Grant has won the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for female vocalist of the year five times.