World-renowned Australian worship leader Darlene Zschech is rejoicing because it has been 5 years since she finished cancer treatment. On 11 December 2013, Zschech was diagnosed with breast cancer. In a blog dated 30 November 2014, she wrote that she has been healed of cancer, which her doctor termed "quite miraculous."
Zschech reflects: "Truly grateful does not even begin to describe how my heart is travelling these days.. but those are the words that come to mind right now. I am so very grateful for the many prayers, the love shown, the time that people have sown into our family, our treasured church family, Mark and I personally, countless messages of support, the many days friends have taken me to hospital for appointments and tests, the laughter and the tears, the people who've been brave enough to stay near, the deep and forever friendships we have made along the way, the global church that continues to invite us in and hold us close.. my heart overflows."
Yet, such an ordeal did not come with lessons learned. "The lessons I have learned and am still learning are vast and life changing.. I know that God is SO close, no matter where you find yourself.. on mountaintops or in valleys. His presence is a stunning golden thread that aligns my heart to His, a very present help in times of need. The love of the Father is transforming me...
My vocabulary has changed from 'I' to 'WE', as my experience in Christ has rocked me to the core.. knowing that I am never alone.. even when it feels lonely.
The Word of God and the worship of God are two of the greatest weapons I have at my disposal. And as I lift my voice and declare The Word of God by faith, I am changed. Literally.. moment by moment.
Mark and I have found ourselves to be never more convinced that the church across the earth is completely essential to the life of a believer.. the glory of gathered community.. as we journey this life TOGETHER.. encouraging each other, standing with each other, and no matter how hard it all gets, the Holy Spirit within each of us giving us the capacity to be THE BODY OF CHRIST. I just don't know how we could have kept going without THE church."
Darlene Zschech is an Australian worship leader, pastor, songwriter, speaker and author who has led millions of Christians in worship. Darlene has written over 100 songs, including "Victor's Crown," "In Jesus' Name," "Worthy Is The Lamb," "At The Cross" and the global anthem "Shout To The Lord," which is sung by an estimated 30 million churchgoers every week. Her most current albums are Revealing Jesus, Here I Am Send Me and The Table: A Christmas Worship Gathering while her books include "Worship Changes Everything," "Extravagant Worship," "The Art of Mentoring" and "The Golden Thread." Following a treasured season of involvement with the worship team at Sydney's Hillsong Church, Darlene and her husband, Mark, now serve as Senior Pastors for Hope Unlimited Church (HopeUC) on the Central Coast of New South Wales. For more information, visit DarleneZschech.com and follow Darlene on Twitter and Instagram @DarleneZschech.