Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tammy Faye

According to her website, Tammy Faye Bakker Messier, a longtime supporter of gays and gay rights, is no longer receiving medical treatment for her cancer. As she writes, it's now "up to God and my faith. And that's enough!"

In 1996, Tammy Faye was diagnosed with colon cancer. Then just three years ago, she found out it had returned, this time in her lungs. Now, apparently, prolonged treatment won't do any good.

If a miracle can happen to anyone, I believe it can happen to her. In an opinion I share with many others, she is a good, decent God-fearing person who was surrounded by greedy crooks. Maybe she was ignorant of everything that revolved around the PTL scandal and the conviction of her ex-husband, Jim Bakker -- or maybe she wasn't. But I used to watch the show when I was younger (it was usually the only thing on television at midnight before the days of cable), and Tammy Faye seemed genuinely full of love and God. Outwardly, I would snicker when she turned on the waterworks and her spider-like eyelashes would coagulate. But inside, I felt like she actually cared about what she was saying. She seemed, even back then, to be altruistic and deeply faithful.

So take a moment and think of her, even pray for her if you will. Because I believe at one time or another, she prayed for all of us. And she probably continues to do so.