Prayers for a Cattlewoman

My Generation

The Illinois agriculture community reels from the news that Illinois Beef's Maralee Johnson is fighting cancer.

Published on: January 9, 2012
It's with a heavy heart that many of us received the news late Monday that our friend and colleague, Maralee Johnson, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Maralee is Executive Vice President of the Illinois Beef Association, and has served its members for some 20 years.

Maralee was diagnosed just this past Friday, and the tumor is located in an inner area of the brain where it can't be removed.

As I sit here thinking of Maralee and her family – I went to college with her son, Brent, who now works with Wyffels – I'm thinking of our family, too, and of my own mother struggling with pancreatic cancer.

And of hearing Jennifer Rothschild, who became blind as a teenager, say last spring that "there are words that sink to the bottom of your soul and scrape everything on the way down: Blind. Cancer. Autism."

She is absolutely right. There are no words to convey the sinking, reeling of your heart when you hear that kind of a diagnosis.

And so for Maralee, we will pray. She is a woman of faith and knows that while the doctors place their hopes in radiation and chemotherapy, her fate lies in the hands of the Lord. And as IBA president and Williamson County cattleman Jeff Beasley says, "It is certainly a plus that she is a positive thinking person, and also a strong-willed individual so I am confident that will help her chances of success."

If you've had the pleasure of working with Maralee, you know her to be a warm, caring person. I believe she graced our cover, once upon a time, as well. Like me, she is a 4-H House alumni. And she has done as much as anybody to make the Illinois beef community feel like a family. So like a family, we'll cover her in prayer and know that we serve a God who is both still God and still good, despite our circumstances. On that day last spring, Jennifer Rothschild went on to share that life happens and it is not well with our circumstances but it can be well with our soul. That sounds like a pretty good prayer, too.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Maralee Johnson - the Lord Jesus Christ specialises in not only healing, but permanently curing, inoperable brain tumours, and all other diseases. He is the Great Physician! In April 2012, please visit www.cancercauses.com.au. Here you will find some answers to your cancer cures prayer. In His Love and Service Graham McDonald Founder & CEO Cancer Causes & Cures Institute E: graham@cancercauses.com.au

  2. Anonymous says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to ask. We ask the God sends his Holy Spirit to comfort and heal in your time of need...we ask this in His Glorious Name. John Marsaglia and family

  3. Anonymous says:

    Maralee, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have also experienced the power and prayer and know it will help you through this difficult time along with the love and support of your family and friends. May God be with you and keep you in His loving care...Mary Burke.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I will be praying for Maralee. I know the power of prayer. I am a cancer survivor and am alive due to all the prayers from family and friends including many cattle friends from Illinois and all across the nation and from total strangers. God is good. Maralee, never give up! You have many prayer warriors praying!!! Cheryl Harfst, Harfst Herefords

  5. Anonymous says:

    Maralee Johnson - the Lord Jesus Christ specialises in not only healing, but permanently curing, inoperable brain tumours, and all other diseases. He is the Great Physician! In April 2012, please visit www.cancercauses.com.au. Here you will find some answers to your cancer cures prayer. In His Love and Service Graham McDonald Founder & CEO Cancer Causes & Cures Institute E: graham@cancercauses.com.au

  6. Anonymous says:

    My heart goes out to the Johnson family. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers each day. Spring Shaon (Southard)

  7. Anonymous says:

    So very sad. She is such a special lady who always had a twinkle in her eyes. I will pray.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Maralee- The most heartfelt prayers of our family and our church are for you. God bless your strength and faith in Him. He truly is the great healer. Ed and Allison McEwen

  9. Anonymous says:

    Maralee you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I know and have felt the power of prayer. I am praying for peace, strength and healing for you and praying for wisdom for your medical team. Kathleen

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thoughts & prayers are with Maralee and her entire family in this time of need. God Bless- Tri-County Cattlemen Board of Directors

  11. Anonymous says:

    I just wrote on a friends Caring Bridge site tonight who is also fighting cancer. I wrote the following: " Never give up, never ever give up" Jimmy Valvano. We will add her to our prayer list! Nancy Erickosn