Mark Hall, the lead singer of the popular Christian band, Casting Crowns, is speaking out about his cancer diagnosis and the important lesson he learned about God during the ordeal.
“It was definitely out of nowhere”, Mark said,“I went to the doctor to be checked for acid reflux. He was just doing a scan to see if I had ulcers or anything else going on down there, and then, on accident, saw a tumor in my kidney.”
Hall said Divine intervention enabled the doctor to discover the tumor and to find it had not spread to the kidney surrounding it. The cancer was a type having high potential to grow agressively. “For a day there, it really rocked me,” he said. “I was going through feelings and doubts and fear and worry … my feelings were all over the map.”
The diagnosis presented a test for the successful singer and youth pastor. “When you’re the youth pastor, you’re the guy who helps everybody else through their storm. And now, suddenly, I’m in the middle of my own,” he said. “It was definitely a shock.”
However, his faith in Jesus Christ sustained him; “My feelings kept slamming up against something solid in me – the roots of my faith”. Hall said one central theme surfaced in his heart and mind: “God is who He said He is”. This realization enabled him to concentrate on his faith during the times of uncertainty.
Hall also said that one Scripture resonated in his mind: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” (Psalm 42:5) “The night I found out, I sat down at the piano and wrote ‘Oh My Soul’ around that Scripture, because that’s kind of where I was living at the moment,” he said.
Eventually, doctors were able to remove his kidney, and the cancer did not spread. A grateful Hall and his family call it a miracle. The singer/pastor hopes his story and music will encourage people to remember the message that he held onto during the storm, “that God is who He says He is—and we can trust Him.”